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Q. How can I protect my code/images from being stolen? How do I disable Right-Click?

A. Bad news, there are not any 100% surefire methods to protect anything you've uploaded to the web. Below are some helpful hints and truths on this very popular topic.

What Can and Can't Be Done to Protect Your Stuff- Part One

Introduction

It is bound to happen sooner or later.... You're surfing around the Internet and WHAMO... there is one of your images on someone else's web page!!! What can you do?..... What do you do?.... Below I will list the things that you SHOULD DO so that you can identify your stuff when you find it used on another website.

Text and Source Code Protection

What you can do to protect the Text and HTML of your pages:

  1. Place a META copyright tag in the HEAD of ALL web pages you write. View source to see this page's copyright. This will identify you as the owner of the content.

  2. Place a copyright notice on all of your web pages. It should read Copyright 2001 YourName Here, All Rights Reserved. Not necessary for copyright protection but a sound practice.

  3. Place a link to a (popup) Legal Notice page near your copyright information on the bottom of every page.

  4. Use the status bar. Place a Copyright Notice as the default status bar message on all pages. See the status bar message on this page for an example.

  5. Use a JavaScript to disable the browser's right-click feature and bring up a Copyright notice instead. This method is not recommended for many reasons. See the Additional References and Resources section for more information.

  6. Register EVERYTHING you place online with the US Copyright Office in Washington DC. This is not necessary to have copyright protection but to receive punitive damages & attorneys fees you must register your stuff with Uncle Sam. See the Additional References and Resources section for more information.

Image Protection

What you can do with Images

  1. Place a visual Copyright notice on ALL of the images you use on your web site.

  2. You can embed your Copyright information directly within a jpg or gif by using a Digital Watermarking program.

  3. Placing your image within a table as a background with a clear gif over it will make it impossible to save the displayed image using the right-click > Save Picture As... function.

  4. Use a JavaScript to disable right click and show your Copyright instead of the shortcut menu. This method is not recommended for many reasons. See the Additional References and Resources section for more information about this technique.

  5. Use VERY expensive software that displays but completely stops the downloading of images to the visitors browser. Many of these 3rd party image protectors require that the site visitor download and install a special viewer. See the Additional References and Resources section for more information.

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