Protecting Your Website
There are several ways that people use to protect their
website, all of which DON'T work. In case you want
to research into them, they are:
CAN be turned off anytime. This method will inconvenience
legitimate visitors more than protect your graphics.
This is because right-click is used by many people
for navigation, moving 'back' and 'forward' between
pages. Disabling this functionality is likely to irritate
using graphics as in table backgrounds -
This method is effective only in protecting
casual 'right-click and save' image nabbers. However,
it cannot stop anyone who is determined because he/she
can always save the whole web page onto their harddisk
and look through the images to find what they want.
- cutting up graphics into many small pieces,
with tables. -
This method does not work because it is not
practical to cut up all your graphics. If used to protect
a single 'tresured' image, then remember that image
nabbers can also save the whole page, including the
html that puts the pieces together. Alternatively,
a screen capture can also do the trick for one with
a reasonable graphic software.
So, what works?
If you understand how the brower works, you will see
that there is no way you can protect your work. This
is because your files have to be downloaded by your
browser into a temporary cache before it shows in your
Therefore, when you are surfing the net, you are actually
looking at files already on your computer! Also, whatever
that can been 'seen' on your computer's monitor can
be screen grabbed.
Evidence of Offence
are a lot of avenues to pursue when copyright violations
happen. Start gathering
evidence with screenshots, and report it to the authorities
before they could remove the evidence. If the copyright
violiation has been made for a period of time, it is
likely that the offending site will have been captured
by the Internet Archive. Also, look for the site's
url in google, and click on the 'cached' to see if
Google also have a cached version of their site.
Both the Internet Archive and Google cache keeps old
versions of websites they have tracked. The Internet
Archive is especially useful because new versions of
websites DO NOT overwrite older, cached ones but is
appended to the versions list.
all these evidence in hand, you can pursue legal action
and there is no doubt at all that you will win.
2. Track down the offender
All websites have to be hosted and registered.
If you want to find the owner of a website, you can
their webhost or their registrar for assistance in
tracking. If they are selling anything, just ask
them as a customer. :)
3. Disable the infringing website
the US Congress passed the complex Digital Millennium
Copyright Act, which states in Section 512©(1)© that
the service provider can escape civil liability for
copyright infringement if "upon notification
of claimed infringement ... [the service provider]
responds expeditiously to remove, or disable access
to, the material that is claimed to be infringing
or to be the subject of infringing activity."
4. a. Legal Action
The United States and Canada are both signatories
of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary
and Artistic works, so there shouldn't be difficulties
in initiating a law suit if necessary.
4. b. Expose to all
Another course of action may be to submit their
site to websites that are set up
just to expose these offenders. Usually potential
customers will look up a site's reputation before
buying anything from them. Few people will buy anything
from an unethical website.
A very good website
for this is called 'Pirated-Sites'. You can find
the link below together with direction to the other