Convincing Your Client He Can’t Secure His Images, Once And For All*

June 29th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

On almost every website project I’ve worked on, there’s one question that pops up over and over again: “can you copy-protect my images?” I’m certain I’m not alone on that one. Most of the time, they’ll ask that you disable right-click. I always deny the favor, as it’s a major interference in basic usability (and simply rude as well as pointless). Then there is the possibility of providing embedded copyright meta-data, but there’s nothing secure about it, as it can be removed any time. Photoshop architect Russell Williams explains why Photoshop doesn’t provide secure metadata. Read that and you’ll have all the arguments you need the next time a client needs you to “protect his images”.

*At least until there are some major watermarking breakthroughs, of course.

One Response to “Convincing Your Client He Can’t Secure His Images, Once And For All*”

  1. Sean McManus says:

    While there is no way to secure images, there are ways that you can prevent infringement and having embedded copyright meta-data is a useful tool. If you can track down images by searching for that meta data, you can detect infringement more easily. There will be some people who will edit the copyright information out and will knowingly breach copyright, but most infringements are probably by people who don’t realise they’re not allowed to take images and re-use them, and who don’t edit the images before re-posting them elsewhere.

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