Preventing right-clicks on images

You can find lots of different javascript snippets to disable right-click options that can be copy/pasted into the HTML editor of a page by Googling "disable right click".  We strongly recommend that you don't do this though, for 2 reasons:

1. It's not an effective deterrent. There are many, many very simple ways around this, such as disabling JavaScript, or simply taking a screenshot of the image in question.

2. You will annoy some visitors who are right-clicking for other reasons such as to bookmark a page, reload, go back, or to use any plugins or other special web tools they may have set up.

The end result then is that you needlessly aggravate innocent users without doing anything to deter image-swipers. Frankly, it's a losing strategy that alienates the viewers you want to keep around, and has no impact on those who want to use your images.

A far more effective approach is to apply a watermark to the image prior to uploading it so that even if the image is saved or captured, your school's copyright appears. Picmarkr is a simple, free tool that allows you to upload images from your Desktop, Flickr, Picasa, or Facebook, add custom text or image as a watermark, and download back to your computer (or back to Flickr, Picasa, or Facebook). You can use this tool to easily add a non-removable watermark to your image, rendering it useless for anybody else to lift and pass off as their own image.

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