Photo Theft and Common Sense
people do not realize it is wrong to copy pictures from the Internet.
With the number of 'new users' increasing daily, it is not uncommon for
someone to 'borrow' an auction picture. |
If you have been victimized by theft of an auction photo, we suggest you approach the issue in a practical, non-emotional manner. If the unauthorized use of your image will not affect the outcome of your own auction, investing time and effort to pursue the matter may not be worthwhile.
On the other hand, if you will sell an item which will be diminished by the presence of a copy of your photograph, the time to take action is well before the auction starts! here are a few suggestions:
Get the scripts
Six common methods of image theft.
¹ NRC (no right click) Scripts to disable the context menu
are the most widely used form of image protection.
Even though popular, these types of scripts are both ineffective
and troublesome. If you have been caught up in the mistaken belief that
this type of protection is effective, simply drag the 'protected' image
on the right to your desk top or the browser's address
bar to demonstrate otherwise.
PROS: Common and available.
CONS: Doesn't stop casual theft!
²Copy-Not Script The copy-not script (available free
from this site) is designed especially for eBay sellers. The script is
as compact as possible and requires no modification to be used in multiple
auctions. This script will not interfere with other links and is passive if placed
in a listing without images.|
To illustrate, try to copy the image using right-click or drag 'n drop. Notice the script protects only the desired image and does not prevent other navigation on this page.
The 'Better Mouse Trap' script
PROS: Free and it Works!
CONS: Defeated by some browsers
³Image Overlay Method using HTML elements
to protect is another effective and gentle
way of frustrating would-be thieves.
These methods rely on setting
the background property of a table or division element to display
the protected image while the top, accessible image is a simple
transparent gif. When a viewer right clicks or drags the image to
another location, only the transparent image is obtained.
The Great Cover Up script
PROS: Courteous but effective!.
CONS: Interferes with click to enlarge.