While many bloggers want to use the medium to tell people about their lives or to give them advice, there is another type that tries to get their work noticed. Many young musicians, artists, and designers use blogs to promote their work and spread their name in the hope that they can get a following. For those people, the things they share are hugely important to them, so if someone else decides to use them, it can cause a big legal battle.

Branding

If your blog features a lot of images from photography or design, then there are ways that you can prevent others from using them. One way is to create a brand logo and attach that to your images. You don’t want it to be in the middle so that it obscures your work, though you do want it to be easily seen and difficult to edit out. If you do find that one of your images has been used, it can be easy to locate your original and see where an image may have been cropped.

Watermarking

In much the same way as branding, watermarking can be a useful tool for preventing copying of your images. Many photo editing tools now offer a watermarking tool that will add a faint image or word across the surface of your images. They are faint enough that you can still clearly see the images, though they are obvious enough so that they cannot be used by anyone else. The more elaborate the watermark you use, the better it will be for protecting your work.

Thumbnails

Thumbnails are a good way to show your work without anyone getting a good copy of the image. By adding thumbnails of your designs, you prevent anyone from trying to download them. Although they can copy them if you haven’t disabled right clicking, the image will be small and low quality, so of no use to them.

Disabling Right Click

If you visit websites, you will find that on the images, you have the option to click the mouse right and access a menu. That menu then gives you the option to save a copy of the image to your computer. You will then be able to use that image without the site owner knowing. One way around this is to add something to the code of your site to disable right-clicking. It can be hugely effective at stopping a casual person from just copying one of your images. If you suspect that someone has done this to your site, then the you can work with companies that offer digital forensics. They can then examine the suspect’s computer to find evidence.

These simple and effective ways of protecting your work will mean that you can get recognition and reward for your hard work and talent. They can also offer some form of evidence if your images are taken without permission.

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