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Month: March 2002 (Page 2 of 3)

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CopyNo update

Just a quick update on the CopyNo website and concept. I got an email from the creator, Bob Staake, explaining a few things. He said “CopyNo is far more than simple JavaScripting. It is a comprehensive,

multi-faceted image protection system that works on a variety of levels”
. CopyNo takes the task of generating the HTML code for image (or series of images) and automates this with his drag’n’drop tool. The whole process costs $20, which is pretty minimal in todays world. My apologies to Bob for perhaps being a little snippy about it earlier. The website didn’t seem to explain it in detail but I completely agree with the concept behind it. Anyways, thanks to Bob for pointing that out to me.

A new fad or a new way to protect yourself?

I’m always hunting around for new and interesting things and being active in the comic industry, I find some neat new stuff from time to time. This one may be of interest to all Sim creators. Bob Staake, an artist over at Planet Cartoonist, has come up with a new technique to discourage people from stealing images from websites. The concept is called CopyNo and is basically a combination of techniques to prevent people from stealing your images. For the most part, most people just right click on an image (say a skin, or a wall texture) and save the image. In IE 6 they’ve even added a small popup menu that displays some options for image files (a small floating toolbar with a save, print, etc. icon). So anything that could discourage people from taking images this way would be a good thing. True, there’s always ways around it but if you have to make them work for their theft, sometimes its enough to chase would-be image grabbers away.

The concept is easy. A pre-defined image of a big “No” symbol (like you see on No Snorting signs) which appears when a user tries to download or even mouse over an image, a link to the CopyNo site and the warm fuzzy feeling that your artwork is a little safer on the world wide webbage. Essentially the software he provides for a $20 registration fee allows you to create the HTML source for an image (or series of images) with all the legwork done on the Javascript side to provide this image protection.

People always are trying to protect their artwork with watermarking, key pixels, and all kinds of tricks. This just adds to it and does make it difficult to grab an image. So for the Sims community I would suggest looking into something like this. You can check out the details of this technique here and see it in action. Let me know if you implement it on your own sites.

blueprint elves still at work, Yahoo groups down today.

Heya. Not much to say tonight. Me and the blue elves are still hammering, stitching and cobbling together things for the site. There’s just so much more than I had thought. I have 18 programs to maintain with pages, documentation, etc. for each. Sheesh. Quite a bit to handle with the few hours I have each night but we’ll get there. Rob & Sam, no forgiveness needed. I got the joke. The other unfortunates need to just relax and little and stop taking everything I say literally. Still Waiting, the “few days” reference was in regards to the changes on the site, not blueprint. That is still moving forward, testing, debugging, fixing and all that jazz. Glad you’re still waiting since (IMO) the wait will be worth it in the end. If not, then 100% money back guarantee. I’ll even double your money back on blueprint. Hell, double your money back on all my software if you’re not completely satisfied. Please note, Yahoo groups seems to be down today so you probably won’t get this news item delivered to your inbox. Sorry about that. Have a good evening folks.

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