Non watermarked photographs - are they safe?
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05-10-09, 07:57 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Profit? The images you have uploaded to the internet should be very low res and therefore not of a size to be printed or used on a third parties web site, certainly not large enough to be uploaded to the stock libraries, so in terms of profit you should be safe.
If you're worried about people ripping you off, then just put your signature on the bottom right hand corner of the piece, high enough up to make cropping it difficult. Most people who take other peoples work aren't capable of doing much in Photoshop so I doubt they'll have the where with all to remove watermarks and signatures.
The biggest problem I believe to be happening with print is people removing limited edition images from the frames and having a shop scan & print them even if they have copyright symbols of the back. Making them 16 x 10 makes this a bit more difficult as you need a bigger scanner to get the whole image.
As Andy has said, there is no foolproof way of making your work safe from some one determined and capable enough to take it , but those people are few and far between. There's a simple rule to follow though, if you don't want to take the risk, then don't put your images on a public website!
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