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Samantha Hotch

Protecting Images On a CD

Hi There,
I want to burn some of my digital photos onto a disc but I want to protect the images from being copied from the disc. How can I do this? Can I protect each individual picture or the whole disc.
Thank you.

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7/26/2007 12:35:45 PM

Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
What is the purpose of burning to CD? I assume it is for some kind of distribution? While there are methods for protecting images from being copied directly as files, if someone can view an image on their monitor, nothing can stop them from taking a screen shot and duplicating the images to the clipboard. There is also the probability that the images can be opened in an image editor that allows saving (unless you use a proprietary viewing format).
Some other considerations you might make for the sake of protection are including smaller versions of the images on disk, so there is not enough resolution to print at a significant size, or perhaps watermarking the image and placing your copyright over the image. I would also make a habit of distributing images with proper metadata embedded, including your digital copyright information.
None of the methods is completely safe, and you always run a little risk. Probably not what you wanted to hear, but it is the reality.
I hope that helps!

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7/27/2007 3:55:58 AM

Samantha Hotch   Thanks for your help.
How can I watermark my images and place my copyright over the image on my computer?


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7/27/2007 7:57:45 AM

Greg McCroskery
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/27/2003
There is a digital slideshow/album program called 'Flip Album' that will allow you to encrypt your CD so that it cannot be copied. I believe you have to buy their 'pro' version to have that capability. I've used 'Flip Album' for a several years in my photography business and really like it. You can even set an expiration date on the CD that will prohibit its use after a certain length of time.
God Bless,

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7/31/2007 11:40:06 AM

Samantha Hotch   Thank you so much for your help. I will give it a try.


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7/31/2007 1:18:29 PM

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