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Active Rain Image Protection

Now here is a quick post regarding an issue which is a problem all over the internet,  image protection.

 

I see many people here on AR complain that their images have been used without their permission and without compensation or attribution to who owns those images.  I have recently just searched out and started to use a free watermark program to add words to my photos when I am going to post them here on AR.  Take a look.

Like this: kids at chuck e cheese

 

The program I use is called FREE WATERMARK and is a pretty simple program.  I use it because I only do 1 image at a time and I did not want any software that I had to download or install.  It is an extremely basic program and simple enough for a rookie like me.

 


I would love to see Active Rain have a simple watermark program built into the image insert/edit function.  Something simple which would automatically add a little marketing for the blogger and Active Rain onto the images that are posted on this site.  For a bunch of people who know the value in all this free marketing power, I hope to see this suggestion embraced and implemented within a week.

 

Something like this:active rain kids at chuck e cheese

 

Now this image would be a lot less likely to be stolen and used without permission.  Also the image has my name on it which is great and my blog address so anyone who is really interested in whatever I have photographed can find me, and also gives a nod to the site which the image is posted on which is free publicity for Active Rain. 


If AR had a method of having a free automatic watermarker on their image insert/edit bog it would benefit everybody.

 

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Robert May is a Realtor, as well as the broker and owner of Rainbow Realty of Lethbridge Alberta . He is also a licensed Lethbridge mortgage broker and financing expert with Canada First Mortgage of Calgary Alberta. He has been in the Lethbridge real estate industry since 1993 and offers full MLS real estate services to Lethbridge and surrounding area, as well as Lethbridge mortgage financing, mortgage refinancing , preapprovals, and Lethbridge heloc financing to Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. He can be found online at this link: mortgage broker Lethbridge





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Robert W May is a Real Estate Broker in Lethbridge Alberta, having now been in the industry for over 23 years. . He was also a licensed Lethbridge mortgage broker and financing expert with Canada First Mortgage of Calgary Alberta for the past 10 years.  He is an industry leader always willing to help train and educate others in how to improve their business models for financial and personal benefit.




 

 

Comment balloon 25 commentsRobert May • July 29 2009 10:40AM

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That's a great site, Robert.  Looks pretty easy to use, too.  Thanks for the info.

Posted by Liz Miller, Just Call Liz (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the post. It is a great idea and suggenstion for all of us you take pride in our photos.

Posted by Norma Brandsberg (Marks Realty Co. Inc., Lynchburg, VA, 540-586-9496) almost 10 years ago

Hi Bob, thanks for stopping by at our post... could you fund the mortgage for that $18,000 purchase.  Probably with your eyes closed.

About the pictures... we don't get uptight on people using our pictures, they are only for fun, selling houses is our business.

However, as you suggested if AR had something that allowed us to put our name and tag line on them automaticly... they could become a miniature ad.

Good idea!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Great idea! I hope AR will consider this as an ad on to the image edit/insert programming.

Posted by Scott Guay, Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty) almost 10 years ago

That is a great suggestion. I will check the site, all the programs I have to edit my photos are pretty time consuming...

Posted by Karina Kfuri, Leal, Florida Broker - FALO PORTUGUES! (Leal USA Realty 561-350-3503 ( FALO PORTUGUES)) almost 10 years ago

Wow thanks so much for all the great comments.  You guys rock my socks!

Yes I think the image protection is the primary issue, but the secondary benefit would be that your name, blog url, and activerain.com  would be marketed on every one of your photos on here.

 

Active rain should eat up that idea to get their name onto thousands of photos a day from you great people.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

This is very helpful. Thanks for bring it to our attention today. Sound like a great idea. Do you think AR will go for it?

Patricia Aulson/Portsmouth NH Real Esate

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the tip I will check this possibility out for my photo uploads..  Thanks

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Your most welcome.  It is nice to be able to protect your images and also keep your name and website attached to them so that anyone who likes them can find you.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

hi Robert... an excellent resource I'm sure a lot of people will use, thx for adding it to the group!

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) almost 10 years ago

Robert, nice idea.  I hadn't thought about a watermark but it makes perfect sense.  Leslie

Posted by Leslie Stewart, Realtor, ABR, CRS, Oregon Licensed Broker (Oregon Licensed Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals) almost 10 years ago

Robert - what a great idea!  I think I need to start doing that.  Cute girls too.  Are they yours?

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) almost 10 years ago

Hi ladies, thanks for the comments.  Yes thats our pair of 12 year olds and 4 year old.  We try to go to Chuck E Cheese once a year, they love that silly place.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Okay, I already love you this is great.  And, I'm going backwards on all of your posts.  You have it down!  I can't wait to read all that I have missed.  But, sadly, not this evening.  I worked too hard. 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) almost 10 years ago

Robert - I think this post is great for photographers and people that just want to protect their photos! I also re size my pics down to 20% which keeps the pixels low so if some one copies you photo it will be fuzzy when blown up.

Your post has been featured at.........

EXPRESS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AT ACTIVERAIN

By the way cute kids!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Suzanne and VB.  With the number of images Vegas Bob contributes to AR it would be great to have his website plastered on all of them.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

As Elvis would say ...................."Thank you very Much"

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) almost 10 years ago

As Elvis would say ...................."Thank you very Much"

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) almost 10 years ago

Robert thank you sharing this I will need research it cute picture !

Have a great and fun week

Posted by Lynn911.com ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team (Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals Lynn911.com ) almost 10 years ago

Thanks guys,  Don't let those innocent faces fool you. those 3 kids are up to no good, lol.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Robert, thanks for the information, it is something that I will have to check out!  Cute kids!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for stopping by T&D.  It is a pretty simple program and an easy way to increase your seo and your image protection at the same time.  We should all do something like that even if not that particular program.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Upon my very first localism post in January or February of 2007, I started seeing my localism pictures show up in the MLS (a very specific community called Vistana.)  I was ANNOYEd beyond belief that I spent so much time for someone to HIJACK my work.

While it's neither here nor there and I realize I need to pick and choose my battles.  I choose NOT to do the work for other agents and purchased a batch watermark protector.

Here's a sample (my website is slightly photoshopped across the picture):

I have performed probably a little under or a little over 1000 BPOs in the last two years and have some wonderful neighborhood shots in the process.  Like I said, I choose not to do the work for lazy agents.

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) almost 10 years ago

Another great use of the software.  I always hate it when I see my photos recycled in the MLS.  They use them without permission on a frequent basis and it has always been a pet peeve of mine.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Great suggestion.  How  would it be put into affect..  I understand your delimma.

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) almost 10 years ago

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