3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2008 8:15 PM by suzannenz
suzannenz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Does anyone know if there is a way to prevent images published to a gallery from being copied? I know I can uncheck the download box in the gallery settings, however once published the images can be right-clicked and copied or saved, and also dragged to the desktop.

I'd like to have one gallery seen but not copied - advice welcome!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • 1. Re: Protecting images in gallery from being copied?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,840 points)

    If you put an image on the internet then I can copy it, end of story.

    If you disable downloading then I can drag it to the desktop. If you manage to disable that, then I can grab it with a screenshot. It's the nature of the internet and there's nothing to be done about it, I'm afraid.


  • 2. Re: Protecting images in gallery from being copied?
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)
    The only way to really protect your pictures is to watermark them in some fashion. There are many 3rd party watermarking applications that can be found by searching for "watermark" at VersionTracker.com. This is only one way of watermarking.

    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto (iPhoto.Library for iPhoto 5 and earlier) database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger or later), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 6 and 7 libraries and Tiger and Leopard. Just put the application in the Dock and click on it whenever you want to backup the dB file. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.

    Note: There now an Automator backup application for iPhoto 5 that will work with Tiger or Leopard.
  • 3. Re: Protecting images in gallery from being copied?
    suzannenz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks TD and OT - watermark it is.