How many of you watermark pictures you post online?

namelesschaos namelesschaos
So, last night I was watching some drama unfold. Someone stole one of the persons on my Twitter feed’s pictures, posted them on a forum claiming they were of them, and started concocting their own persona around them. The person was eventually confronted and banned from the site. During all this the idea of the watermarking your images to prevent this came up, which leads me to my question: How many of you watermark pictures you post online?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I watermark all the pictures I post online.
xilliannax , Kitty Grub
2
I watermark some of the pictures I post online.
Peggi , ~LaUr3n~ , Ms. N , Nazaress , bluekaren , Jul!a , bunniebunnie , humblepie , Goddess Airen , Sir , SkylarrStarr
11
I don’t water mark the pictures I post online.
DeliciousSurprise , padmeamidala , Coralbell , Adriana Ravenlust , Chirple , wrmbreze , - Kira - , punkstar283 , Teiya & Dave , Lummox , Pixel , Kayla , Silverdrop , Nora , voenne , Bignuf , namelesschaos , Kissy , Ice1 , VampKitty , Undead , GONE! , SneakersAndPearls
23
I don’t post pictures online.
T&A1987 , MistressDandelion
2
I am concerned about people stealing my pics.
DeliciousSurprise , Peggi , Ms. N , Jul!a , Kissy , GONE! , bunniebunnie , MistressDandelion , Sir
9
I am not concerned about people stealing my pics.
DeliciousSurprise , Coralbell , Chirple , ~LaUr3n~ , - Kira - , Lummox , Pixel , Kayla , Nazaress , Nora , voenne , bdvnt , Jul!a , namelesschaos , Ice1 , Woman China , SMichelle , humblepie , SneakersAndPearls
19
I have had people steal my pics.
Peggi , bluekaren , VampKitty , Woman China , xilliannax , MistressDandelion , Sir
7
Other
Nora , Geogeo
2
Total votes: 75 (42 voters)
Poll is closed
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DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
I don't watermark, because it's so painfully easy for a moderately good photoshopper to remove them if they're anywhere but over the focal point of the photo--and if you put it on the focus point of a photo, you can't SEE the photo.


I'm much more concerned about people reselling my work, so I simply make sure that the images I post publicly online have a low DPI (low enough that they can't be printed properly) but high enough that it still shows up appropriately on a computer monitor.



But, as the adage goes: if you aren't willing to have it stolen, you shouldn't put it online, in print, or in public.
12/26/2011
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I don't watermark, because it's so painfully easy for a moderately good photoshopper to remove them if they're anywhere but over the focal point of the photo--and if you put it on the focus point of a photo, you can't SEE the photo. ... More
Not all watermarks work that way, actually. Some of them you can't see on the photo.
12/26/2011
Chirple Chirple
I didn't even watermark when uploading art to deviantART and such. None of it's big enough to make a good print.

If someone wants to "steal" it and pretend they drew it to try to get some kind of attention, I don't really care. They're not making any money, I'm not losing any - they're just being abjectly pathetic.

If I noticed that kind of thing, I would report it, but it's not a huge concern to me.
12/26/2011
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I don't watermark, because it's so painfully easy for a moderately good photoshopper to remove them if they're anywhere but over the focal point of the photo--and if you put it on the focus point of a photo, you can't SEE the photo. ... More
This is what I do too. I upload at low resolution so they can't be blown up but look fine online.
12/26/2011
Ms. N Ms. N
I have a group of friends whom I trust for whom I will post pics without a watermark. If I post pics for a larger group where I don't know everyone, then I will watermark pics.
12/26/2011
- Kira - - Kira -
I missed the last one, but I actually have had people not only steal pictures but then go on to sell them on eBay. What the hell?!

Despite that, I don't watermark. As other have mentioned, it's easy to get around. It's also more effort than I care to put into it. If you want them that bad, you're going to take them anyhow.
12/26/2011
punkstar283 punkstar283
Quote:
Originally posted by namelesschaos
So, last night I was watching some drama unfold. Someone stole one of the persons on my Twitter feed’s pictures, posted them on a forum claiming they were of them, and started concocting their own persona around them. The person was eventually ... More
Never Do
12/26/2011
Silverdrop Silverdrop
I don't even know how. But then I doubt anyone is going to steal a photo of me wrapping a measuring tape around a dildo.
01/01/2012
Nazaress Nazaress
I put watermarks on pictures of things I've made, such as a comic or things of that nature. I don't put watermarks on pictures of myself, not that I post many pictures of myself, anyway. Other than that, I don't really watermark stuff and I'm not too concerned with people stealing my images.
01/01/2012
Nora Nora
I don't watermark my photos, but then again, I also don't post anything that is remotely racy! If I did, I would most certainly watermark them!
01/01/2012
voenne voenne
I don't think I'd ever have this problem because I stay pretty low-key on the internet and don't really think anything's worth stealing. If I did, though, I'd probably start watermarking them. I wouldn't want anyone stealing my photography or art, or pretending to be me. I would be pissed.
01/01/2012
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
Not all watermarks work that way, actually. Some of them you can't see on the photo.
Yes, but if your goal is to stop people from reposting them and pretending they're yours, what good is an invisible watermark? If your goal is to stop people from reprinting them, changing the DPI is sufficient.
01/01/2012
bdvnt bdvnt
I'm not concerned about it. I don't post anything that anyone would want to claim as theirs.
01/01/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
Some of the pictures I've put thought into I am concerned about people possibly stealing, and I did put watermarks on those. But I have a lot of photos that I haven't watermarked because they were just me messing around. And those are mostly just posted on my Facebook. I don't really have anything outside of Facebook that isn't for a review or something like that without a watermark.
01/02/2012
sktb0007 sktb0007
I don't watermark, but I probably should start!
01/05/2012
Kissy Kissy
Quote:
Originally posted by namelesschaos
So, last night I was watching some drama unfold. Someone stole one of the persons on my Twitter feed’s pictures, posted them on a forum claiming they were of them, and started concocting their own persona around them. The person was eventually ... More
I have a review/giveaway/person al blog where I write 3-5 articles a week. I usually post a few pictures that I personally took, edited and publish. I am not aware of anyone taking my images (which I take a lot of pride in - many hours of editing an shooting!) but it does worry me on a small level.

I am sure if I see it happen, I would be devastated. I also worry that people could get away with taking (ok, stealing) these images without me knowing for a very long time, or if ever. That worries me too. I don't like the fact that many of these images have me and my family in them.

I try not to worry about it, and I don't watermark images - mostly because I don't like the way it looks. I guess if it happened to me or someone I know I might reconsider it. I just don't understand, why would someone take other's property like this? Especially personal photos? Shameless.
01/05/2012
Woman China Woman China
I don't bother with putting watermarks into my photos.

If someone really wants my photos no matter what I do to them, they'll get them. My Chinese pictures please feel free to copy them and use them... pictures of my body? Well if you really want a copy of that picture... sure. Whatever. I am much more concerned of how to prevent people stealing my written work. I've had so many issues of people swiping my work.
01/21/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I don't watermark, because it's so painfully easy for a moderately good photoshopper to remove them if they're anywhere but over the focal point of the photo--and if you put it on the focus point of a photo, you can't SEE the photo. ... More
The point that they are easy to remove, unless they are obscuring the image is why I don't see much point in watermarks. Some of the pictures in the story I mentioned in the OP had watermarks, and so did the pictures in other case i can think of.

Even if they where effective not sure anyone whats to steal pictures of all my dildos.
01/22/2012
Undead Undead
Quote:
Originally posted by namelesschaos
So, last night I was watching some drama unfold. Someone stole one of the persons on my Twitter feed’s pictures, posted them on a forum claiming they were of them, and started concocting their own persona around them. The person was eventually ... More
I don't mark them.
01/22/2012
GONE! GONE!
I'm concerned because I've heard that scammers often use stolen photos and I would hate for that to happen with one of mine but, eh. I don't bother.
01/22/2012
bunniebunnie bunniebunnie
Quote:
Originally posted by namelesschaos
So, last night I was watching some drama unfold. Someone stole one of the persons on my Twitter feed’s pictures, posted them on a forum claiming they were of them, and started concocting their own persona around them. The person was eventually ... More
I only watermark photos for my beauty blog since people do steal photos and claim them as their own. I have a nail art picture that I once posted at tumblr without a watermark and I know that site is know for reblogging pictures of other people and that's okay with me but when i was searching for nail art photos i saw my photo on another person's tumblr and she claims it to be her own. Since then and when i started my beauty blog I watermark my photos.
01/23/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
i post few, if any pics online.
01/23/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
My sister had someone steal her pictures on facebook and concoct a whole fake profile pretending to look like her. So pathetic.
05/06/2012
Sir Sir
I used to not, but I am starting to after I had an incident with my photography.
07/28/2012
SkylarrStarr SkylarrStarr
I'm somebody is going to steal my stuff, a watermark won't really stop them. I have originals of everything I post to prove ownership if needed. If someone is so needy to take my iphone photo of a sex toy, then hey...do you. My freelancing work I am more careful about, but on EF I'm not really too concerned.
07/28/2012
Total posts: 26
Unique posters: 24