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The praxis of right click blocking

  • # November 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

    HI guys,

    I am fully aware of the whole right-click blocking debate and have heard some sound points from both sides. However, I have come across this portfolio building platform -

    http://www.portfoliobox.net/

    - which features built-in right click disabling. Now, I went and visited one of their featured sites and, yup, no right clicking on images. I then downloaded the site’s files into my computer just to check whether I could get my hands on the images. And voilà!

    I couldn’t.

    All I get are to me some unscrutinable file extensions. Anyone knows what’s happening here and how’s it done? Is this a good solution?

    Cheers mates!

    # November 29, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I just realized I may have posted this on the wrong forum.
    Perhaps a mod could kindly move this over to JavaScript Jungle?
    Much appreciated.

    # November 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Personally I don’t think it’s worth it. Ultimately you can get access to the images – all you have to do is fire up the inspector in Chrome or Firebug in Firefox and you can then select the image and get the file location and just download it directly from source.

    If someone wants to steal images they’ll be able to do it.

    # November 29, 2012 at 10:47 am

    One thing you could do is watermark your images, but even then, with the power of Photoshop and its content-aware tool, It’d probably be a doddle to get rid of it.

    # November 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

    ALT+PRINT SCREEN will get you anything you want. No right-click-blocker can beat that.

    # November 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Guys, guys,

    I do realize all that.

    I’m just wondering whether in this case -

    http://www.portfoliobox.net/

    Their method appears to circumvent the usual hack of download the files and grabbing the pick. If this turns out to be true, **the combined results** of right click disabling plus this mish-mashing of pic files inconspicuously scrambled around obscure file formats, well, it just might deter
    a good 80% of pic stealers.

    I’m asking is about this specific case.

    Thanks for you input. Truly appreciated.

    PS: I’ve read about a Print Alt Screen counter-measure somewhere.

    # November 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Your original question was “is this a good solution”? I tend to say sure, it will keep a certain amount of people from stealing content.

    However, I don’t know how much work is put into it, which makes it impossible to say if it’s worth the trouble or not. I also do believe that it’s trying to find the solution to a problem that may not even exist. Are there actually a lot of people out there who steal the pictures and do unauthorized/illegal stuff with it?

    # November 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    @Senff ,

    Fair enough. You do have a point. It just seems to me that for people who want to generate income from the goods they offer on their sites, one’s too many.

    Have you checked their featured sites. Take
    http://kristinabazan.net/gallery/17636/portfolio/

    This was built with portfoliobox. You can’t right click. I’ve downloaded the files and can’t seem to find an image file there. Perhaps I’m missing something, a picture format I am not unaware of. Or are the files encrypted and decoded?

    I’m with you on this. Me too, I’d like to know the inner workings of this technique in order to decide whether it’s worth the trouble. If it isn’t I’ll stick to the tactics described in a CSS tricks post.

    # November 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    > You can’t right click. I’ve downloaded the files and can’t seem to find an image file there.

    If you’re asking how it’s done…. Disabling right-click is done with easy jQuery:

    $(document).ready(function(){
    $(document).bind(“contextmenu”,function(e){
    return false;
    });
    });

    The images can be downloaded pretty easily, not sure why you’re having trouble with it because they’re just there in the source code:
    http://cdn.portfoliobox.net/__clients/544/ppics/medium/169557mwa9w2.jpg
    http://cdn.portfoliobox.net/__clients/544/ppics/medium/526582bw9a12.jpg

    And so on. Nothing encrypted or encoded, this is how it shows up in the source:

    …..

    -

     KRISTINA BAZAN

    -

     KRISTINA BAZAN
    …..

    # November 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Use watermarks, it’s the only way to stop people from stealing content. Even then, a professional can easily go in and trace what you’ve done and/or clone out the watermark.

    Removing basic OS functions, like right clicking, is *never* a solution.

    > I am fully aware of the whole right-click blocking debate and have heard some sound points from both sides.

    I have never heard a good argument for implementing it.

    # November 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    @TheDoc, yeah basically what I said. Seems the most appropriate solution.

    # November 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    @Senff

    I was talking about their forwarded example:

    http://kristinabazan.net/gallery/17636/portfolio/

    built with portfoliobox, not portoliobox.net itself.

    @TheDoc
    Truth be told, my mind isn’t made up about this. Because casual users certainly wouldn’t browse this kind of. On the other hand, committed individuals seeking to illegally fetch material will find a way to. What I find interesting about , another example,

    http://maryaustin.net/gallery/image/14228#3

    Is that a great looking, medium hi res, pic is provided, precisely because they’re confident it won’t be snatched via the traditional methods. You can’t right click and I’ve tried downloading the files and can’t seem to find a pic in there.

    But I can certainly see your point.

    # November 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Took me five seconds to get a direct URL to that image.

    # November 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Ahh…
    I see.
    My bad then.

    «*slowly, inconspicuously, leaves the stage*»

    # November 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I can save the images with an iPhone.

    One of my sites has all my text word for word stollen on a regular basis. I google a quoted line and I’ll get a couple hundred results. So I put in a no right click script with a popup explaining my copyright. I actually got one from the copyright office. But it’s all for not it seems. My message doesn’t seem to stop anyone. So I am probably going to remove it.

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