copyright and ownership of content is a serious issue. over £2 billion is handed over in copyright related disputes involving online businesses across the globe each year. we’re sure you are a well behaved blogger and credit where you get your inspiration from and link back to the original source whenever you use an image, or use free image resource sites like we do. its important. here are a few ways to help you.
use stipple – this is an amazing little site that we recently discovered. stipple automatically credits and alerts a site that you found an image on and credits them back. it also lets you see where your photos have gone across the web.
put a stamp on your pictures – just before you upload a picture you can pop a quick symbol or your name onto the corner of an image. you can also use online photo editors such as picmonkey (we use them for this site) for you to pop your own ‘je ne sais quoi’ onto an image.
watermarking – you can also use a watermark if you have photoshop. we know this is not the most optimal route since it clogs up an image but it works. if you set the opacity to low you can better blend the watermark into the photo, instead of having it too visible and spoiling the overall appearance of the image.
disable the right-click option – this prevents people from copying and pasting your images or saving your images onto their desktop. have a good think before you do this, as it also stops people using pinterest on your site which can be an amazing traffic generator. finally, be warned: this doesn’t prevent people from taking a screenshot of your images and using photo-editing tools to save the photo.
good old google – the old failsafe, google images and solve your image woes. simply go to Google Images, click on the camera icon in the search bar and upload your photo. google will then search the web to see if that uploaded photo has been used elsewhere (across all the main image based networks as well as other blogs and sites). the next step would be to email those websites and ask them to take down your photo. remember to be nice, someone is far more likely to guide a gentle bull to its home than one raging and steaming at the nose.
say please – it sounds simple, but sometimes a simple ‘please link back’ comment somewhere visible on your site can be all you need to do. don’t fret about people using your images – in fact it is a great tool to help you gain traffic. if a new blogger uses your photo, their audience can come and have a look at your site too!
none of these methods are 100% guaranteed to stop people using your images, and don’t be too worried as the majority of people either wouldn’t use other people’s images or simply don’t know about the dos and donts. we’ve never had a serious problem with it.