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William Woodhouse Mar 03, 2006, 08:07am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Can anyone tell me how to make it impossible for someone to print the images I have burned on a CD.I want to send some photos I have burned to CD but I do not want them copied.Any Software that can handle this?
Thanks William


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Beavis Khan Mar 03, 2006, 08:10am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Making it impossible to print photos from CD
None that I know of, and even if there were, there'd be a way around the software. At the most basic level, if you show something to a person, it can be reproduced. If suppressing printing is all you're concerned about, perhaps you could try including only low resolution photos so that they'll look like crap if printed?

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Ecosse Mar 03, 2006, 08:14am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Making it impossible to print photos from CD
You could post them on a secure website?

Making it impossible to right click/save as?

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john albrich Mar 03, 2006, 08:50am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Making it impossible to print photos from CD
Is the issue security or intellectual property?

In other words, are you concerned about someone intercepting images and finding out what they are, or are you concerned about copyright, possible monetary value, etc.

If it's security, then encryption is about the only realisitic answer.

If it's IP, then copyright the images, include a copyright and warning on the images, embed a copyright using watermarking, etc. and rely on the various copyright laws and treaties. You'd want to confer with an IP attorney for the current wording, but you'd also want to ensure you include the appropriate words/instructions that advise the recipient the images are NOT being given to them, they are NOT for distribution to any other party, etc. etc. The intent is to ensure you are not accidently granting a license to the recipient to use the images in any way but the way you want them to.

The idea on sending only low-res could be extended to the base images themselves until you determine you can trust the recipient.

If this is a non-production thing, then you can also consider having your recipient(s) sign a non-disclosure agreement before you send any images.

edited 200603031400 to add confer with attorney bit.

Rory Witham Mar 03, 2006, 08:52am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Making it impossible to print photos from CD
goto the photography website, such as http://www.photgraphers.co.uk,
Weve looked at software that stops people printing off pictures, you should be able to find some info in the forum there.


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William Woodhouse Mar 06, 2006, 08:31am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Making it impossible to print photos from CD
Thanks for the replies folks.Seems like there is no software to cover this problem.Could be an opening here.

leastcmplicated Mar 06, 2006, 11:51am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Making it impossible to print photos from CD
problem, you'd have to make it impossible to take a screenshot.

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j1h380 Mar 06, 2006, 02:08pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I really don't think there is software out there that fully protects your images. You can try a program like Rory suggested & hope the other person isn't that computer savy.

You could also look into a few programs for slide shows or virtual tours. These type of java or flash programs are becoming popular amongst sites like myspace.com, ect. Remember, burning on cd, most programs require you to save the images to the cd, for the program to pull from. But if you embed the images into one of these programs & post it online, the viewer will not be able to print, right click & save, could not take a decent screen shot (may be able to capture one, but the images move in a blended slide show, so it's hard to get a good screen shot), the viewer could not save the page or files (for example, some sites may be protected by disabling right click, but in some browsers like Internet Explere, the viewer could get around that by clicking file & save as, saving the page & all images).


Dublin_Gunner Mar 06, 2006, 03:04pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Making it impossible to print photos from CD
You could put them into a powerpoint presentation, and export the presentation as an AVI or whatever.

You could also put a border around the image, or a 'sample' watermark into them so they'd be useless even if they did get a screen grab.

Burn the whole lot to a playable DVD and you're set.

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Steve Vickers Mar 08, 2006, 06:59pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Making it impossible to print photos from CD
William....your best bet is to "watermark" your photos with your name.....and a text note on the CD on how to contact you if they want a clean copy of the picture and cost per picture....you can find free watermarking software by googling "watermark software".

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john albrich Mar 08, 2006, 09:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Making it impossible to print photos from CD
I'm not a fan of copy protection technology. It has a long and bitter history of causing more problems for the users and adding significant cost to product. It even looks like we may be going back to "dongles" in one form or other. My opinion is that SOME copy protection software even falls into the malware category and purveyors of that particular form of the technology should be held accountable per federal computer crimes law.

I have a number of patents and copyrights (electronic, mechanical, and programs) so I do have some interest in the ball game

I'm also a bigtime believer in fair use. I believe everyone should have the right to make a backup copy, and I also believe fair use copies PROPERLY limited as per the law for educational use, are necessary for the education and intellectual vitality of the human race, and the economic prosperity of the country. That's one reason fair use was expressly designed into US copyright law, by the way (don't know about other countries)

Copyright owners already have the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT covering their property (in the US) with criminal sanctions plus fines.

Patent owners, who have to invest a lot more money in establishing the patent, only have CIVIL courts, and the government does not cover any of the costs associated with the lawsuit. A patent owner can't go to the government and say "Hey, this guy is stealing my patent." and have the government do anything about it. He or she has to go to a civil court and sue. The current minimum cost to the patent owner to sue to protect a SIMPLE patent is supposedly somewhere over $150,000 now.

As I indiicated before, protect your product legally as much as possible, use watermarks, notices, resolution degrading, etc. to discourage sample theft, and use the legal system to protect your product.

Ecosse Mar 09, 2006, 05:40am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Making it impossible to print photos from CD
Here's an example of a secure copywrite protected site - try to right click and save the logo at the top right:

http://tinyurl.com/ps3yf

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Mat Nairb Mar 09, 2006, 08:19am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Making it impossible to print photos from CD
Get the full package of Adobe Acrobat. It will open up your pictures. There is an option to add security to the picture. You can add a password to prevent anyone from opening, modifying or printing. You can create a whole bunch of secure picture files in pdf but it can only be viewed using Adobe Reader. I think you can create one big pdf with all your pictures in it, not sure, never tried. I use Adobe Acrobat to password protect my files on my jump drive in case I ever lose it.


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