After writing an article on this last week, I had some more thoughts on protecting images on your website . . .
As I re-watched the video clip that I had attached to the post about image protection I had some further thoughts as I was listening which the presenter also confirmed.
In particular, if you have content that is likely to be downloaded, (whether or not it is your intention that people download it), it is quite difficult to stop the determined viewer from downloading it.
Locks and keys tend only to keep out us honest people, and the reality is . . .
In fact, keeping people out is the opposite of what the internet is about.
The internet is all about the free distribution of information.
So don’t worry if people download original images from your website.
Just make sure that you get your pound of flesh in the process.
- One way to do this is to freely offer the content and make sure that you collect an email address in return.
- Another way is to watermark your content.
The most common usage of water marks is in our printed currency.
But you can also provide a level of protection on your website images if your images contain a watermark of your website domain name or business name.
That way, people will either:
- be discouraged from downloading and using it, or
- will still download and use it, and advertise your busienss in the process
It’s still not a 100% solution, but it will help get a result either way.
And make sure that any document that you do provide for download has your website and contact details on it, so that when it gets “into circulation”, whether legal or otherwise, you can get some benefit from that too.
Well, that is quite simple really!
What should you do now?
- Brand and watermark everything
- Want some help or ideas? Just contact us at Hotpink Websites now.
I have always found it interesting… that there are people who regard copyright infringement as a form of flattery.
~ Tom Lehrer
Remember – More thoughts on protecting images on your website