Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/09/19

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Subject: [Leica] IE 6
From: "JR Geoffrion" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 11:10:09 -0500

> From: "Jay Burleson" <>
> Subject: [Leica] Internet Explorer 6
> On my website, I used a JavaScript to disable the right click "save
> picture as" function.
> The new toolbar ignores that.
> I am not happy that Microsoft feels that anyone can save any image
> to his or her hard drive regardless of copyright etc.
> If anyone has any more info, please post it so all can take precautions
> with our posted images.

Jay ,

I just want to let you know that although, with IE5, you successfully
disabled the "save picture as" feature, the user STILL had the picture on
their hard drive. ALL content on the Internet is typically download to your
computer's cache. The cache is a place were pages are stored so that when
you hit the "back" button or return to a page, it loads it from your cache
rather than going back to the Internet and re-downloading it.

All in all, stopping the "save picture as" DOES NOT PREVENT someone with IE5
to download your pictures. If you are REALLY concerned about people
downloading your images (I would assume that they would have to be high
resolution since typical web size does not allow decent prints bigger than
about 3 inches), I would look into solutions like Digimarc.


JR Geoffrion
Chicago, IL

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