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    Default How do you disable "Save as" function on images?

    I have looked around and can't seem to find an across the board solution.
    I'm working on a site for another Escort agency and they have a problem with other agencies stealing images and using them on their sites.

    Client wants "Save As" disabled so that people can't copy images from the site, but I don't see a way that works on all browsers, or any kind of Wordpress solution.

    Basically I have resorted to branding and watermarking the images.

    Is there a way to do this that works on the FF, IE, and Safari?

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    There is JS code to disable right click. You could also put it in an iframe (not sure if that would work or not), put it in flash. There are probably some server side ways of manipulating things as well.

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    I got it. I just added this code to the Head to disable the right click menu.
    <body oncontextmenu="return false;">

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    Is disabling right click going to get what you want though? A bot, webmaster etc will know enough to find it in the source. Betty Lou that wants it as a screen saver might want to download it, but thats a lot different than putting it on a web page. If you have text that you will allow someone to copy and paste, the site visitor may not know that he can use cnt c instead of the mouse. I just wonder if there aren't better ways to do this out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billbenson View Post
    Is disabling right click going to get what you want though? A bot, webmaster etc will know enough to find it in the source. Betty Lou that wants it as a screen saver might want to download it, but thats a lot different than putting it on a web page. If you have text that you will allow someone to copy and paste, the site visitor may not know that he can use cnt c instead of the mouse. I just wonder if there aren't better ways to do this out there?
    There probably are, but this is my 3rd Escort site and these guys don't care about normal users like we do. I guess image theft is a big deal in that industry so they will throw out the baby with the bathwater. If you notice (LOL! Not that you would know) a lot of them use flash websites to block any kind of scraping they can.

    Besides, they only have one kind of visitor and they aren't looking for articles to share.

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    Something tells me anyone who wants to download an image on these sites will find a way. Ultimately there's no way to prevent the images being downloaded. The javascript thing will stop the average person, but it won't stop anyone with even a bit of technical knowledge and with these particular users I suspect they'll be highly motivated to learn how.

    Let's face it all one has to do is disable javascript to get the menu to show up again.
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    I know and they know that to. It's like a car alarm..it won't stop a pro, but it will deter the kids and junkies.
    Remember,we are talking about people running the oldest profession, not the newest. So they aren't exactly techies. I just give them what they want.

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    I think the branding and watermark are the way to go. Any image can be lifted using a simple screen print program, but removing the branding (if it's not in the main image area) requires a little more time and effort in Photoshop etc. Like any other crime, make it as much of a "pain in the donkey" as possible and they'll go lift someone else's images.

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    So they aren't exactly techies. I just give them what they want.
    You are talking about an area that has some of the best techies and marketers in the web industry. Its simply the most competitive area and you need to excel to win. Much of the legitimate business in this arena is dying because of free content that is stolen and being served from countries such as china. I wouldn't really worry about your content being stolen as that will happen. Just gut a watermark on there and a web address. In fact, stolen images could be your friend if the web site can't be deleted from the images.

    Like most stuff on the web though, there really isn't that much competition that does it right. Shoot me a pm if you want to bounce some ideas back and forth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billbenson View Post
    You are talking about an area that has some of the best techies and marketers in the web industry.
    No, not the adult industry on the web. I'm talking about local escort services.
    They, for the most part like to stay low tech and in the shadows and host offshore. They won't be doing any SEO, or processing any credit cards.
    There are different areas in this industry, they aren't all the same, but that is another conversation and probably not the best one to have on a business forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by SCUBA9097 View Post
    Like any other crime, make it as much of a "pain in the donkey" as possible and they'll go lift someone else's images.
    That's really all I'm after. A deterrent. All they asked for was "Make it so people can't right click and "save as" to steal the images. I've already explained all of the other ways that someone can lift images, remove watermarks and the whole kit and caboodle.
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