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New here! Wish 2 prevent copying of jpegs from ebay listings

Hi Everyone!
I?m new to this group.

I would like to start selling my original 35mm photography on ebay and am hoping someone will know how I can protect my jpeg images from being easily copied from my auction listings. I?m sure anything could be copied be savvy users, but I?d like to take some measures to safeguard my images as best I can. Currently, I do not use ebay?s image hosting. I use the personal webspace allotted to me by my ISP & upload my jpegs using ws-ftp. Each pic then has a specific web address and that is what I enter into the auction listing form.

I've tried many combinations of what I thought to be potentially viable keywords on Google in hopes of finding some sort of instructions or software and have not been successful. I know it can be done (hopefully, cheaply!). Somehow, one can prevent a user from right-clicking and saving an image, or layer some kind of transparent image over the photograph which would make copying it difficult. I just hope someone out there knows how I might be able to do this (easily!) for my ebay listings.

I would like my photos to appear in the ebay listings just as they are, with no visible watermarks. All I have is Picture It Express, Paint, and Kodak Imaging (all circa 2001). I am most familiar with Picture It Express. My OS is Windows 98. I have no knowledge of HTML and I?m hoping I wont have to ?go there? in order to achieve my objective but would give it a go if that were the only way. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You, Photog77

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There are ways to do this

Try this javascript method from this web site;

but if you Google Disable "Save Image"

you will get more results and methods.

You say you have no knowledge of HTML, but the methods I have seen all require some amendment to a web sites html source code.


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Your main problem is that...

all pictures are downloaded to the browser's cache in order to be seen.

Second you state "I would like my photos to appear in the ebay listings just as they are, with no visible watermarks." Without watermarks they will appeal to some people who seem to feel that if it is on the web it is free.

One thing you could do is PURPOSELY DISTORT THE GRAPHIC. If you have a picture that is 300 px by 300 px rescale it to 500 px by 900 px (will make it look really bad when saved) but you can make it look correct in the browser by using the proper height=300 and width=300 tags in the html for the picture. Won't stop some but will prevent others from bothering with it.

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As stated above ...

if ebay's software makes html-pages that make it possible for anybody to copy the file (either by right clicking or just with Explorer from Temporary Internet Files, which should be difficult or impossible to counteract, I think) than ebay (especially pictures on ebay) just isn't the right distribution channel for you to use.

The best thing to do, in my opinion, is to save your jpeg's for ebay in a low resolution. They just should look OK on the screen, so use something like 100x100 pixels, of less. Other people can put them on their sites, if they wish, but use on paper isn't attractive.

On your own site, of course, you've got more possibilities. Consider to encapsulate them in Flash-coding. That's far more difficult to copy. Or go the javascript way outlined above.

Hope this helps.


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