Is there anyway to stop people from downloading my images from a third party website?

by on February 14, 2013

Q: I want to prevent others from being able to download/copy JPEG images of mine that I will have to upload to an outside website. I understand that I can thwart downloads with a transparent overlapping GIF if the image is on my OWN website, but can I imbed the image alone with anti-downloading encryption so that right-clicking and saving is (relatively) impossible?

In other words, I need people to be universally able to SEE my image from this outside website (as is currently the case), but I don’t want them to be able to DOWNLOAD or COPY the image.

I’m happy to purchase software that can do this, but I’ve yet to find any.

Thank you for any feedback or response you can give me.


2 Responses to “Is there anyway to stop people from downloading my images from a third party website?”
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    I’m not a web development expert but I believe that there are may scripts out there that will do just what you’re talking about. I also believe that if you develop your site in Flash (or parts that you want to lock down) you can do the same.

     
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    If a user can see your images, then they can capture what they see on the screen. No software or encryption will stop that as it will be thwarted by simply taking a screen shot.

    Your best option would be to follow how http://www.istockphoto.com/ handles images they sell on their website. Take a look at their website and they me know if you have any questions.