Copying and Printing Images from the Web

Making copies of images is sometimes a concern for artists or photographers wanting to display their work online. Protecting your intellectual property rights is very important but if you are an artist or photographer, do not let this fear prevent you from promoting your work on the Internet. The simple fact is the only way for you to get the exposure you want, is to be willing to show your work.


The images displayed here and on most web sites are too small and low a resolution to yield a decent print. Based upon this premise, most of the artists or photographers using dismiss the fear of people trying to make “bootleg” copies.


Sure, people can copy your work if they are determined to, resize in a program like Photoshop, and send it to a printer. The end results is a print will be very grainy or pixilated. If the intent is to sell the bootleg copy then to that person, I cynically say “good luck”. If their intent is too keep it for just themselves, it just shows they do not have good taste.


As a web site consultant and someone that has helped photo studios build online proofing and ordering systems for their client’s prints, I have researched a handful of technical safeguards that can be put in place. Some of them work okay for a person with little technical skills but none are totally without fault and a work around. All the photographers are not concerned because they know the images are not going to be good quality anyway if printed from the web page displaying them. If someone is determines to get the image then my previous comments of “good luck” and “they do not have good taste” still applies.


The bottom line is anyone can download any image off the internet, resize it and then order. The key is just make sure that if you have a web site and display your work, do not provide access to your high resolution copies.

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