When we think of copyright we generally thing of DVD’s, music and books. We all know the issues and are well aware if we are doing anything we shouldn’t. With more and more media turning to digital it seems that it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect ownership of digital works.
With the seemingly endless increase in the number of websites and blogs out there, how does this affect them and how do you protect your hard work?
The short answer is that there is no 100% safe way to protect your websites copy or images. There are things you can do to hinder it but that won’t phase the most determined of ‘borrower’ so the best thing to do (if it is important to you) is to not publish it in the first place. However, if you decide to go ahead (and why souldn’t you!), there are a few steps you can take to at least make things a little more difficult.
In terms of text there is really nothing you can do to protect your content safely. Sure you could put your text in images, PDF or Flash BUT it’s not very user friendly and it’s not what you could call search engine friendly either!
You can try leaving a copyright notice on the page. If you’re running WordPress then you can use a plugin like Simple Feed Copyright but you are relying on the ‘thief’ actually acknowledging it.
Checking every now and again using a tool such as Copyscape lets you see if one of your posts or pages has been copied. If it has, then your option is to approach the company and ask for them to remove it.
No right click : You can add a no right click to your pages to stop someone from saving your image.
A blank pixel : It is possible to cover your images with a single repeating, transparent pixel layer. Then, when someone right clicks to copy your image they will be saving a single pixel.
Disallow : You can also use your robots.txt to disallow images from appearing in search engines by using
Watermarking : You can also add a layer of text through your image with a copyright notice. This will degregate the actual look of the image on your website so is far from ideal.