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How to protect an image?

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Michelle K.

Michelle K.


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Hi there,

Ok, I hope someone on here can help me.

I'm about to launch a "Seal" program where people can purchase a monthly seal from me if they adhere to my Code of Ethics program, & then place it on their site.

I know I can't prevent them from taking the seal off of the delivery page (right?) even if they don't purchase, so I have to do something like track it so I can see what sites have the seal placed on it, especially if they ever cancel the program, try to put it on a 2nd site, etc.

Any suggestions (I hope).

Thanks :)

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Seems like a waste to me. You want people to pay you to get your "seal of approval" so that they can abide by your rules. Appears that they get a lot for their money.

At any rate, what you ask for isn't likely possible. At least not if you deal with people who even have a clue what they are doing. First, the only way to secure an image, is to never put it on the internet. No matter what you do, if you put it on the internet, someone can get it.

As for finding people who are using your image without your consent, you could search for exif data, but that can be changed, along with the file name. They can even obscure your image behind another transparent one to make it more difficult to find. There is also flash or java that could imbed your image and you couldn't search for it.

So in short, no, to both your questions.
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