Anonymous asked: hello. I want to post my pictures on flickr, so I was wondering: do you resize your photos before posting them? if not, how can you stop people from stealing the photos? ok, I know there is no way to stop them, but how can you make it harder for people to steal it? :)
I haven’t been on Tumblr in ages but wanted to answer your question- You’re right, there is no way to prevent people from stealing your images online. People repost my photos without my permission all the time and I’m sure I’ve only stumbled across a small fraction of the ones that are out there.
I currently upload my images full size (typically 8x8 for square, 12.5 x8, or 16 x8 w/ 150 dpi), as I have given up on people NOT stealing my images a long time ago. I would rather people enjoy them in all of their glory than have some crappy pixelated stuff floating around.
Flickr allows you to disable sharing and doesn’t allow you to drag and drop and/or right click to save on their site. This is a great tactic to deter thieves, but there are always loopholes. If someone really wants to take your image, they can simply send the picture as a text message or email to themselves…they can also screenshot it.
But sharing my images is important to me. Some have a message that I think is worth spreading…ultimately my goal is to have the images tied back to me because the emulate my artistic style.
It’s just a risk you have to take if you want your work out there. You may or may not chose to go on a witch hunt to track all your stolen work down…but once it’s out there, it’s out there. You’ll win some and lose some.