ALL OUR PICS CAN BE STOLEN ON GOOGLE

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I put up a very real concern about our photos being stolen by a simple google search and now I can't find my question on here?
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AD

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yes, and I have tried downloading some in full size...
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SnapHappyExpat

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Sorry if I'm missing something AD but are you saying that you have been able to download the original full-size files via Google? I can see the thumbnails on an image search, which I would expect, but they just link back to my Pixoto page which is publicly accessible anyway?
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see for yourself, however it doesn't work to all images. try putting the name of the photographer on the image search button then click enter. the click on an image then discover by yourself
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SnapHappyExpat

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I tried that with several of my images and they all just link back to the Pixoto page when clicked.
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AD

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type the name of the tog under search images function in google then click the image and do the next step. and there is no copyright sign on them- that's true
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THIS IS ALARMING
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AD

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check this out. screen grab from google chrome
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SnapHappyExpat

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Odd. All my own images are 285x285 but some (like the one you pointed out) are as high as 900 or 1000 pixels. I would be interested to hear from the team if it was possible for a full resolution image (4000x3000 for example) to be indexed by a search engine. That would be a concern - especially after the introduction of the stock service.
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Any image that is stored on the web in a public format is accessible to Google. This is both good and bad. On the one hand it drive traffic to your images when people are searching through google image search. On the other it means that copyright protection is dependent on Google.

That said ANY image that is displayed on the web can easily be copied using screen capture and cropping software that is built into every computer on the market.

Ruining the image by putting a watermark over the subject is the only way to really protect it - but this makes the viewing experience far less fun and in our opinion is counter productive to the goal of having people enjoy your art.

We will be allowing images to be visually watermarked (by us) when we launch the stock service next month.

It is NOT possible to download the full 4000x3000 image from Pixoto unless you have a PRO account AND it is your image.
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Jason, all the above understood and agreed with - I doubted very much that the full res images would be indexed but appreciate the confirmation.

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