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Downloading Photos

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 | 9 comments

So usually I do not post anything without a photo, but I just noticed in the past two hours that someone has come on my website located in Rome and is downloading a huge portion of my photos. You will notice I do not watermark my photos because I don’t like how that looks, and I don’t mind if people download some, but something like this makes me nervous. If it is you downloading my photos, please write to me and tell me what you intend to do with them. As it is, I will be looking into a way to block downloading them so easily

And yes…..I know by putting them here I can’t really protect them, but I just want to know what they are being used for.

Thank you!


  1. I'm so sorry to hear that someone's bootlegging your pictures. I love my little trip to Rome each day and don't want anyone to mess up my daily escape!

  2. This really sucks. I truly hope you'll be able to capture the guilty one.

  3. Yes, I don't like watermarks either, but I decided a long time ago it was the best way for me to relax about sharing my content and continue to provide full feeds to people (a lot of (food) bloggers do partial feeds to combat this).

    Tough situation… 🙁

  4. I totally understand your concern about the downloading. I'd be a bit antsy, too. There is a way to prevent them from being clicked on, I've seen sites do it much to my dismay, haha!

    I'm a habitual right-clicker But I DID ask your permission, but haven't had the time to sample your lovely photos (I've suppressed my click finger. Hope there's a way I can still post a pic or two on my blogs. (Really sorry if this is shameless, selfish begging.)

    My gluttony aside, you have some of the best pics around…Google probably has cached them in its Photo Search site (unless you've checked the box telling Blogger not to allow Goog crawler to search your blog) and folks are bound to be right-clicking them like crazy. Err…I suspect so, anyway.

    Whatever you decide, you have my support! Good Luck!

    Ramble over….Penny

  5. hey guys…thanks so much for your nice comments. in the end i'll try to eventually figure out a way to do some encrypting, but i don't want to switch to watermarking.

    honestly, i don't care if someone downloads a couple of photos, but it is creepy to see someone come on for two hours and download probably a hundred photos. this is the second time this has happened in the last month, which is annoying. like i said, if you just ask me, i'd probably let you use them anyway.

    sara – i see what you're saying about the feeds, the reason i publish mine fully is because it would kind of be senseless to have an rss to a photoblog but then not be able to see the photos! plus citydailyphoto, which I have some lovely supporters from, requires the full feed in order to use their site. however, the perpetrator actually came to my blog from that site! i'm sure i'll never know who it is, but it was someone in rome so if i see those photos around!….

  6. It's probably not a person–it's probably a bot. I'm not sure for what purpose someone would have a do this, but you can Google "bots downloading photos" (or something like that, and no quotes) to see what I'm talking about.

    Not that it makes it any less irritating, but at least it's not necessarily a person who has a specific intent in mind.

  7. Hi Jessica,
    I LOVE to download an occasional photo here or there. I use them for my desktop. It keeps me close to Rome and makes me feel like I am having a conversation with you.

    If you have to block them to protect your work, do so. I will miss having them on my computer now and then, but you need to take care of your intellectual property.


  8. downloading is not a crime, maybe it's someone with some fancy rss reader..

  9. I have a photography blog at I wrote that my picures are under copyright laws at the bottom and after I uploaded a few I realized that Blogger is automatically compressing my photographs so that if you copy them, then use my pictures as a desktop, then you would get the result of a 1MP camera, so I wasn't scared of someone stealing my photographs because there is no way they can make profit out of a 23KB picture.

    Harry Simitian –

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