How do I keep my images from being stolen?
Last Update: Sep 25, 2013
I'm in process of creating how-to posts for ballet and I want to include my own demonstration images. What do I do to mark them as belonging to me? I don't want to find them on someone else's website.
It's not easy, you can pay to use a service such as DigiMarc http://www.digimarc.com/digimarc-for-images/professional-edition but you also need Adobe Photoshop to use it or you can try to track them manually using http://www.tineye.com However, if they can be seen on screen then nothing you do can stop someone "stealing" them, unless you practically obliterate the images with watermarks. However, if someone does "steal" them, you can use the sites contact details to ask they be removed. If they won't or don't, then you can file a DMCA http://d.pr/oCt2 However, it's often a lot of time and wasted effort to keep chasing an ever-expanding group of people, especially if someone uploads them to somewhere like PhotoBucket or Flickr where they get marked public domain and hundreds of other people innocently start downloading them and reusing. Sorry! Rich.
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So sorry! Wish it was not true!