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Photo downloading by others?

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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Hi Folks,

Just wondering what happens when someone, be they member or not, tries to download a photo from either a blog here or ones gallery?

In otherwords if you have a full resolution image of say 5MB, can someone just go ahead and download it for themselves?

I know about copyright and all, but I had some one ask if they could use the photos from my blog. If I said no, then I was wondering if they could still just go ahead and download them and use them without me knowing?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Basically, anyone can download any image they find online on any site. All you have to do is hit right click and download ('save image as' on a mac). However, those photos are pretty much useless for anything but the web because their resolution is so low (ie. it would never work in a print campaign). If someone wants to use an image in a blog post or something, I'd just say 'sure, but link back to my blog' in return. That's kind of the default theory on it these days. If they want to use it as a header for a blog or website, then you might be able to charge for it or get a permanent link somewhere in the footer or so.

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

thanks sam. I just wasn't sure that if one uploaded a full resolution 4MB photo whether someone right clicking could down load the full image or not?

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting outcast

thanks sam. I just wasn't sure that if one uploaded a full resolution 4MB photo whether someone right clicking could down load the full image or not?

No, not directly off the photo showing in your blog :)

5. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

That's great. Thanks for the info

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 8y

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I had some one ask if they could use the photos from my blog. If I said no, then I was wondering if they could still just go ahead and download them and use them without me knowing?

I recommend countering such requests by saying that you're willing to license your photos at industry standard rates and asking for exact usage details so that you can quote them your licensing rate. That tells the other side that you know what your photos are worth, which (if they're the common flickr raiders who hope to catch users without any knowledge of the stock photography industry and tempt them into giving up their rights in exchange for a meaningless "credit") should not only get them off your back, but also ensure that they won't just decide to use your photos anyway. (As the risk of you being a knowledgeable photographer capable of tracking down their use and sending a bill at 3x the going rate (which is standard for unlicensed usage) is much higher.)

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 8y

Just to add to this, it is possible for the photographer themselves to download the original file (link can be found when you're browsing your own gallery next to each photo). But that link is not shown to anyone other than the user who uploaded the file.

8. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

That's some great advice from Sander. Someone wanted my Tibet Car photo and a few Iranian ones for there print magazine's 'travelers on the road section' under the guise of free contributions from travelers. It so happened that another magazine had requested one of the same photo's, and it's a header on my site. So I turned the first down citing licensing conflict. I'll use Sander's line next time

By the way, how does one track the "Flicker Raiders?"

Thanks for that too Peter, I had trying to figure out if others could download the full image or not. It's good to know they cannot. It's also good that the owner can though!

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 8y

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Thanks for that too Peter, I had trying to figure out if others could download the full image or not. It's good to know they cannot. It's also good that the owner can though!

Well, technically speaking they could. But I'd better not go into any great detail about that. It's not entirely straightforward to work out and there certainly isn't any readily available link pointing to that file.

10. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

I always create a separate resized version for uploading. The photos will be 800x600 or 800x533 (SLR) for landscape, and 600x800 or 533x800 (SLR) for portrait. The L-size has a max size of 800px in width and length, so uploading the full-size is pointless unless you want to use TP as a backup medium. This way, it doesn't only prevent others from downloading the original high-res version, uploading (100-200KB compared to 2-3MB) is also a lot faster too!