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    Can the "save as" function be disabled??

    Hi there,

    I am setting up a site and would prefer it if people did not simple copy the pictures that I have taken and uploaded there.

    I have already prevented the right-click function, and have got around the problem of people holding down the mouse button. This becomes useless of course, when someone can come along and save your whole page and the picture in it... Is there a way to solve this?

    Thanks in advance

    Charlie

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    This has been brought up before, and I'm afraid you're fighting a lost cause.

    It doesn't matter what you do, there's always a way for people to steal your images if they really want to.

    The best thing you can do is put some kind of watermark on your images, so if people do take them, they won't be able to use them on their own websites.
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    Thanks Saz

    I read someone else's query about setting up a site for a photographer, but he seemed more interested in preventing the right-click..? I don't want to have to watermark etc, and I guess if it comes down to that, I won't do it, but I'm sure I've come accross sites in the past where the "save as" has been greyed out...

    Charlie

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    Even if you do manage to disable the 'save as' function, Charlie, all anybody needs is a screen capture program............or just use the 'print screen' button on their keyboard!

    Like I said, if somebody wants your images, they can get them.

    I have a few photographs taken by professional motorsport photographers on my website, but with the understanding that I will do what I can to stop the pictures from being taken and displayed elsewhere.

    Each one opens in a pop-up with all the navigational aids removed, so they can't access the 'save as' and the right click has been disabled.......with a message clearly stating that the pictures are subject to copyright.....so the images can't be saved that way, but it still doesn't make them completely secure. It just brings attention to the fact that the images are not for public use, which will hopefully deter people from taking them!!
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    If you right-click on an image an a box comes up saying Right-click not allowed, I found out that if you hold down the shift key then right-click on the image you can then Save as...

    As for protecting your images watermarks are the only way to go.

    http://www.digimark.com
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    Originally posted by Forsteen
    [B]If you right-click on an image an a box comes up saying Right-click not allowed, I found out that if you hold down the shift key then right-click on the image you can then Save as...

    Not with the 'no right click' that I use.............well, with Win ME and IE 5 put it that way!!!!
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    Forsteen, you can get around this problem by using this script taken from http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex9/noright.htm It prevents that problem... Charlie

    <script language=JavaScript>
    <!--

    //Disable right mouse click Script
    //By Maximus (maximus@nsimail.com)
    //For full source code, visit http://www.dynamicdrive.com

    var message="Sorry that function is disabled \nMail me if you would like a copy";
    ///////////////////////////////////
    function clickIE() {if (document.all) {alert(message);return false;}}
    function clickNS(e) {if
    (document.layers||(document.getElementById&&!document.all)) {
    if (e.which==2||e.which==3) {alert(message);return false;}}}
    if (document.layers)
    {document.captureEvents(Event.MOUSEDOWN);document.onmousedown=clickNS;}
    else{document.onmouseup=clickNS;document.oncontextmenu=clickIE;}
    // -->
    </script>

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    People download the picture to be able to view it anyway - its just a question of knowing where to look - you really are putting more effort into this thing than it warrants - you desire the impossible I'm afraid.

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    I don't know why it happened with me. I was kinda fustrated and somehow it worked. I am using Windows 98 with IE 5.00.
    I guess it was just a fluke.

    Anyone can get any download program like go!zilla and just grab it off the site. It bypasses everything unless you can hide the http address.
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    No fluke

    Forsteen,

    It wasn't a fluke, it's jusr the way that most no-right-clicks operate. You can achieve the same result by right-clicking, holding it down, moving the mouse to the message box, closing it down and then right clicking again...

    Like I said, I'm sure there are ways round things, I just wanted to make it harder than most would be bothered with. Thanks.

    Charlie

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    gotcha. Well good luck
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    Re: Can the "save as" function be disabled??

    Originally posted by Charlie_uk
    I am setting up a site and would prefer it if people did not simple copy the pictures that I have taken and uploaded there.
    Charlie,

    The way the browser displays your image in the first place is to copy it to a temp file on my computer, so you cannot prevent me from taking your images.

    If you want to preserve your rights to the image, you really have no options other than to embed a digital watermark and then to persue anyone who steals your images in court.

    By the way, the right click script hack doesn't even work on me - I use a computer with only one mouse button, and don't run an OS written in Redmond.

    -t

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    Not to mention the right click key on your keyboard...plus a few other tricks from my sleeve.

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    Right-click can be disabled...

    Robo and others,

    the script I pasted further up this discussion does NOT allow either "right-click holding", or the right-click keyboard button... Many do, but this one doesn't Try it!

    Thanks for all your help folks, I've made it hard enough so people won't bother... (not that they would have done anyway probably!!)

    Charlie

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    drag image to addy bar

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    It's also in your cache, obviously. Get over it.

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    They could view source and go directly to the Url - Then take the pic that way .

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