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    Photos (2003)

    I have set up a site for a photograher and would like to know if there is a way to prevent people from printing the pictures directly from the site. Thanks

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    Re: Photos (2003)

    Other than including copyright notices, no.
    When a viewer sees the image, it has already been downloaded to their TIF (Temporary Internet Files) cache on their pc - once there they can copy it, print it, do whatever they like with it.
    The only safe course of action is to consider anything placed on the web to be in the public domain.

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    Re: Photos (2003)

    To add to Leif's comments, you could consider a watermark. Placing a logo (or "stomping" on an image) is somewhat effective, so long as the user cannot not crop the watermark out of the image without destroying it.
    -Mark

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    Re: Photos (2003)

    Well, you can make it a bit difficult using scripting tricks, such as forcing the focus to leave the page when the user clicks in it to print it... but perhaps a more evil solution is to convert the photo to an animated GIF. When you print an animated GIF, IE sends the first frame. When you view it in the browser, IE displays all frames ending with the last (assuming you do not have it set to loop). Here's an example. Unfortunately, the 256 maximum colors reduces the quality of the image considerably. Hmmm...
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