I am in the final stages of customization and I am confronted with a DMCA /CC issue regarding the handling of the images within WordPress. (This does not just apply to the U.S.)
I will be posting licenced content, either via Subscription or via Creative Commons. The server prevents indexing, but I am adding index.php files in each of the image directories anyway. I added .htaccess commands to prevent the hotlinking of image files from the outside. Note: I was advised by one major photo source that I would be personally responsible for images made available by my site or webpages, if someone copied them. The fines were huge.
I am just faced with one final issue, that is the prevention of someone either right mouse clicking on the image and saving it off as a local file or by accessing the file directly from a browser.
1) Regarding the first issue, setting the image as a background image and then placing a transparent over as the primary image prevents one from right mouse clicking the file. Even in Firefox, you cannot select the background image unless you have access to it. When a pirate tries to copy the file, they get a transparent dummy file in its place.
The technique is described here, as method #2:
Many sections and functions of WordPress do not allow this technique to be used. Watermarking is not really a solution and can cause problems with some licensing.
2) The ability to prevent someone from directly accessing the file from a browser. If someone wants the file, they should access it from the WordPress webpage only. Some sore of restricted directory is needed and the images are accessed from WordPress alone.
One single lawsuit could decimate most every site operator on the Internet. Copyright lawsuits are now becoming a new revenue source for photographers, image sourcers and authors as a way to supplement their revenues. There are several lawfirms buying up newspaper articles and then suing sites who allow user commentors to paste their copyrighted text within them.
- All sites who allow third-party posters MUST file a DMCA Copyright "Interim Designation of Agent to Receive Notification of Claim Infringement" form to protect yourself under the DMCA 512c Safe Harbor law, else a poster pasteing someone else’s text could open your site up for a lawsuit.
Is there a way to add in background/forground image support in the theme and restrict direct image access so that us website operators don’t get pinched for a potential $150K copyright infringement lawsuit which compounds over the amount of infractions?