Protect your photos online

Posted by on Oct 25, 2010 in online strategy | No Comments

One of my favourite blogs, Mila’s Daydreams, has just made a really sad announcement – due to continued copyright infringement, the writer has decided to stop posting.

"she loves me, she loves me not" from Mila's Daydreams blog

It’s mostly a photo blog that the author began for distant relatives – she’d create scenes with her sleeping baby and whatever was lying around and post pictures as her daughter’s daydreams. It was unique and creative and unfortunately, some unscrupulous people out there have pinched the pics and used them for advertising and all sorts.
I guess this practice is nothing new – but what makes it really unsavoury is that they’re photos of a baby for God’s sake, do people have no morals at all? And now, despite plastering huge copyright watermarks across every photo, author Adele has decided enough’s enough and all her fans have to miss out.
It’s a lesson in being web-savvy. I’ve just started a mum blog because I’m 19 weeks pregnant and want to become part of the huge mum-bloggers community to learn and share – but I’m now thinking twice. Those innocent photos I’ve posted of my nephew with his face painted could end up anywhere!
I’ve done some research and, while there are some pretty good techniques like no right click, shrink wrapping and watermarking, (I like this free software) it’s actually impossible to fully protect your images online.
So I guess it’s up to the individual to decide. Do you do what you can to protect your images online and know that if the thief is really determined, they can work around your precautions? Or do you keep what’s private, private?
Is it worth the risk?

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