How to Lock a Digital Picture From Being Copied & Pasted

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The Internet is a great way to get exposure for your photos and graphics. However, it can result in your images being stolen and used without your permission. There are ways to protect your images online.

  • Utilize JavaScript. You can write, or find, a script that disables the unwanted functions that appear when a user right-clicks your images or graphics. The only trouble is that the scripts are not effective on all browsers.

  • Cover your images with transparent images. This is a clever backup for those pirates with browsers immune to your JavaScript barrier. When a would-be thief right-clicks to save your image, they are actually saving a transparent image. This effective (and humorous) method is done with CSS and HTML.

  • Add watermarks. Use an advanced image editor to write your name, company name or logo in low opacity over your images.

Tips & Warnings

  • Realize that no matter what you do, your images are accessible in the source code of your document. Even watermarks can be removed with digital imaging software. These methods are meant to deter the theft of your images, but in no way guarantee that they are secure.

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