Anyone help with disabling IE Image Toolbar

  BlackSapphire 09:57 11 Feb 2005

I'm trying to disable the Image Toolbar facility on IE so that no-one can mail or copy some copyrighted pictures I have on a website and I've written the code to disable right clicking functions but now this aggravating little box appears and it just won't be disabled. I know individual users can just turn it off but I need to know what the code is to stop that happening altogether.
Thanks so much everyone

  Taran 11:02 11 Feb 2005

Go to Google click here and run this as your search:

disable IE image toolbar

You'll get moe returns than you could ever hope to want.

Before you do though, be advised that you are completely wasting your time.

The only safe way to protect images from copyright theft on the web is to not display them. The next best solution, if you have to display them, is to watermak them.

Any disable right click scripts depend on the web browser (Opera is immune to them and totally ignores them) and uploading a transparent GIF to cover your main image won't stop anyone from raiding the copy of your image(s) in their temporary internet file cache, whcih holds a copy of every file you look at online.

Without paying serious money for various protection systems that are way beyond the limits of most domestic and small to medium businesses you are largely wasting your time.

Image theft is rife online. Anything you offer for diaply must be watermarked or you have to accept that people can and may swipe it. It's as simple as that.

Good luck with the script though.

  BlackSapphire 11:08 11 Feb 2005

Ok, so how do I watermark the images then?

  Taran 11:31 11 Feb 2005

Any good image editor can watermark images.

Jasc Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Ulead PhotoImpact and similar programs all have the feature built in.

Theer are lots of standalone products that specialise in watermarking. I rather like UniDream Photowatermak Professional click here

It's drop dead easy to use and can batch process entire folders full of images in seconds.

Shareware options include:

click here

click here

If you only have a few images to watermark you could simply add a text layer to each image in turn and put your copyright stamp into the text layer.

Merge the layers, save as JPG and off you go.

  BlackSapphire 14:10 11 Feb 2005

All I'm trying to do is show pictures on a website for a late actor friend of mine; I'm not out to achieve profit from it al all. If watermarking is so necessary, I can do exactly the same thing in one of my photo edit suites - if all it is is just putting copyright over the middle of the image then I don't need to buy a new piece of software or do I?

  BlackSapphire 14:30 11 Feb 2005

The photos I have are from the executors of the estate and they've had them for years, some are from their own collections - what if I were to put the date they go onto the site because anything which came to light on another site would be afterwards (unless someone is doing somehting now before I've had a chance to copyright them). Most of my shots are miniature poictures and headshots, so the only place I can put the copyright is right in the middle of the pciture which does look awful but if it helps, great.

  BlackSapphire 16:38 11 Feb 2005

I didn't claim to be the one to put them on the site first, I've spent nearly all day on this being advised one thing and following that advice and now this - aaaaargh. I've just taken all the copyrights off again even though most of the photos on the site were provided by close friends of the actor and where the copyright can not be proved because the agent concerned has died etc etc...... just have to hope no-one copies them

  PurplePenny 20:49 11 Feb 2005

You can still watermark them - just don't use the word copyright. Many web sites just add their URL to the photo so that if it does end up being used somewhere else everyone knows where it came from originally.

Whether or not the photos are still protected by copyright depends on where and when they were taken. Since 1996 photographs have the same length of copyright as any other artistic work i.e. 70 years from the year of death of the author (usually, but not always, the photographer). However photos taken earlier or in another country may have a shorter term of copyright.

Copyright is a minefield (to my sorrow, I've been dealing with it for 25 years now) so if you really want to know more about it go to the government's Intellectual Property web site click here
and do a search for photographs.

  Taran 00:10 12 Feb 2005

I don't recall saying that anyone absolutely HAD to copyright stamp their images and most of my suggestions were driven towards watermarking in general; a process of embedding any image protection message you like, most commonly along the lines of a copyright statement.

Had I or anyone else known that you did not, in fact, own copyright of said images I am sure the suggestions you were offered would have been very different.

Like fourm member I am sorry if you feel your time has been wasted.

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