|If you paint a picture or take a photograph, the copyright to the image is yours as the author. In the UK this right extends to 70 years after your death.
If you publish an image on the internet, where everyone might see it, then it can be copied.
The usual method of copying is to right click on the image whilst viewing it and download it using 'save image as'.
The two images below demonstrate a method of discouraging the theft of pictures.
If you display a copyright symbol or some other notice then the thief has to PhotoShop the image to remove it. This may be a deterrent in a lot of cases as the time taken isn't worth the hassle.
Be aware that if the image is displayed anyone CAN copy it, you can only discourage copying by informing the viewer that it is a copyrighted image, or defacing it with a symbol.
|Some social networking websites have also declared that they can use images published on their website for their own advertising etc..