December 29th, 2012 - 02:11 AM
Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of works under copyright, infringing the copyright holder's "exclusive rights", such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the copyrighted work, spread the information contained within copyrighted works, or to make derivative works. It often refers to copying "intellectual property" without written permission from the copyright holder, which is typically a publisher or other business representing or assigned by the work's creator. (from Wikipedia.com)
Preventing Future Theft
While there is no way to completely prevent image theft on the internet, there are steps you can take to reduce theft and deal with it quickly when it does happen.
Watermarks are an easy deterrent for casual photo thieves and an identifying marker when lazy thieves don't bother to remove them.
Consider an Image Tracking Service
Services such as PicScout monitor the web for your images and then arrange legal action to collect payments for unauthorized use.
Use Low Resolution
Use as low of a resolution setting as possible to make your images less attractive for offline use through theft.