Casual copying is similar to plagiarism. It involves copyright infringement that is a crime. If you post original articles, images, music or any material online, it comes under copyright laws.
This means, no one can steal or copy your work without giving you the credit. Yet, many content thieves choose to ignore copyright act while indulging in casual copying of images and content. In such cases, is there a way to protect images from casual copying?
How To Protect Images From Casual Copying
The general advice is not to post images online if you wish to prevent casual copying of your pictures. Yet, bloggers, avid photographers and businesses cannot do without posting pictures online. Images simplify communicating certain articles or expressions.
A picture speaks thousand words and we all vouch by it. However, content theft is possible and you cannot overlook casual copying your images. The best way to protect your images from casual copying is by strengthening the privacy settings, using copyright laws and disclaimer policy.
General Methods To Prevent Casual Copying
In case of content, plagiarists can resort to rewriting and paraphrasing. Yet, in case of images, it is merely casual copying. Of course, you may send the link and details to Google and ask them to take action. This will take time and is a lengthy process. There are some other methods to prevent copying of your images.
Add specific copyright ownership message to your images. You can also add captions to images that mention about them being your intellectual property and thereby condemn casual copying. You may allow them to use the image if they give proper credit and link to your site or blog.
You may also provide access to images only by password and restrict viewership rights to close friends and family. Many blogs and websites allow such options in their “privacy setting” for users. Certain image galleries and websites will allow copying after paying a fee and agreeing to some conditions.
Simply Way to Protect Images from Casual Copying
A simple technique includes using low quality images for your blog or website. If someone attempts casual copying, he or she will only see grainy pictures after enlargement. Using watermarks and encrypting images can at least deter amateur content thieves and troublemakers.
Another simple way to protect images from casual copying is to alter the basic image code. Generally, in the embed image code, SRC element points to your image. Instead, you can change the code to make it point to a blank page or picture. You can find such codes on websites like labnol.org and many other websites if you conduct a Google search for the code.
All these steps will help to prevent the casual image download but there is no simple method to prevent the technical hackers. They will be able to find a way out and copy the images without your permission and knowledge. Then, the last resort is to send a complaint to Google with your original images and other relevant details. For the non-techie content thieves, you may use these simple means to protect casual copying of your images and content online.