How to protect your downloadable image files from being copied or used by bigger websites
A very important article today on the topic of image piracy. Now, If you are a digital artist, many a times you see your original work being copied and shared by websites. It sometimes frustrate you. A piece of art that you created devoting so much time and energy is just being shamelessly copied by some websites. This might also make you feel helpless.
Here at ghantee.com, we have faced the issue recently. And after months and months of looking at our images being pirated, we’ve finally made a list of a few active steps that you might take in order to prevent your future works from being copied ruthlessly.
NOTE: The only aim of this article is to educate the internet users and digital artists about a very important aspect of sharing digital artworks online. It took us a couple of months to compile these steps. We hope that this article genuinely helps someone out there.
There are several ways to protect downloadable image files from being shared on other websites. We’ve kept the list short and beautiful(meaning useful). Lets see what these steps are:
Steps to safeguard your original work
- Watermark your images with your name or logo: This makes it clear that the images belong to you and can serve as a warning incase someone tries to use them without your permission.
- Use image editing software to add a transparent layer to the image: which can make it bit more difficult for others to copy your work.
- Use Digital Rights Management (DRM) software to encrypt your image files and control how they can be used: This makes it difficult for others to copy or share the files without permission. Here is a list of some useful ones
- Use a secure download link or a password-protected page to restrict access to the files: This ensures that only authorized users can download the files.
- Use a plugin or software that automatically disable right click and save options on your website: so the user can only view the image, not copy it.
- Use a license agreement while giving permission to use your images: clearly mention the terms of usage and copyright.
- Use tracking software to monitor where your image files are being used online: and take action if they are being used without your permission.
- Register your work: with the U.S. Copyright Office to establish a legal claim to the images.
It’s important to keep in mind that even with these methods, it can still be difficult to prevent someone from copying your image files online. It’s always best to be proactive in protecting your work and monitoring its use on the internet. If you see your image hosted elsewhere you can bring it in google’s notice by complaining HERE
Hope this article genuinely helps you out. Radhe Radhe