While there are definite downsides to all of these solutions, here are some things you can do to help protect your work from being stolen on the internet. Keep in mind the only failsafe way to keep your images from being stolen is to keep your images completely offline but this doesn’t mean that your clients will also abstain from uploading them.4. Don’t Allow Pinterest. Pinterest is second only to Google Images as a place that thieves find work. You can opt out of allowing Pinterest to source your webpage but of course, this doesn’t mean that someone won’t still pin an image there.
1. Digimarc. It’s definitely NOT a cheap solution but it’s the best way to digitally watermark your images to keep track of them online. The watermark can’t be removed with editing. Check out their website for the details and pricing information.
2. Watermarking. While it’s been proven that watermarking is definitely not fool proof it is a deterrent as it is an extra step to take to make your image their own. If they are determined, they will persevere but they may move onto another image that is easier to make their own. The harder your watermark is to remove, the harder it is for them to steal the image. This also allows a potential client to easily find you if your image is found somewhere that isn’t your website (i.e. Pinterest or Facebook). Keep in mind that if the watermark is small and in the corner it may be easily cropped out.
3. Use Flash. Of course, there are definite downsides to this method, but it is not as easy to steal images from flash websites because you cannot right click and flash based websites are not able to be crawled by Google meaning any images on your website will not make it into Google Images' databank. Of course you can screen capture but again, it is a deterrent.
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