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Old 11-02-2007, 10:20 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Andrew B. View Post
I have a vague memory seeing this done. I think the trick was to have mouse-over code that replaces the photo with another photo that is of no interest. I think the site used a replacement photo that was a watermark but no image.
A much simpler technique (no JavaScript needed) would be to just overlay the image with a transparent one set to be the same size. All the arguments of spidering, image in browser cache, and screen shots still apply, of course - it's just another discouragement technique but one that can't be thwarted by simply turning off JavaScript.

100% protection against image theft simply is not possible - the image must be downloaded to be viewed - so all you can do is make it a bit harder (overlays) and/or unattractive (watermark).

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