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PHP5: how to prevent users to download images from my site?

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Hello Experts,

What is the best way to prevent users from downloading images from my site?

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by:Gary
ID: 40210316
Take your website off the internet.

If you don't want to do that then there is nothing you can do about it.
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by:duncanb7
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ID: 40210330
Could you do it on .htaccess file instead of php so that users can not access image site ?

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?localhost [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?localhost.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule \.(gif|jpg)$ - [F]

And the site if let user view the image, in other words, what they view and what they can
download unless don't putting it on servers

Duncan
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by:epifanio67
ID: 40210331
hahahahaha...

ok... I realize it is impossible.....
but is there ways I can 'prevent' the image URLs from being used on other sites via htaccess file?

funny.... and I agree...
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by:epifanio67
ID: 40210335
sorry duncan.... I must have posted the comment to Gary seconds after you posted yours..

that's what I was looking for....

thanks..

I will wait a few more min for more suggestions...
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by:Gary
Gary earned 664 total points
ID: 40210340
You can prevent hotlinking

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?yourdomain.com [NC]
RewriteRule \.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif)$ stolen_from_my_site.jpg [NC,R,L]

edit:
Actually rowby's solution is similar - I'll leave mine since it gives you the option of redirecting to another image that you can make that says Stolen from mysite.com just to piss the other website off. (but Rowby deserves the main credit)
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Ray Paseur earned 668 total points
ID: 40210345
You might find this useful. The strategy is to make it impossible for the image to have a direct-to-file URL.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Scripting/PHP/A_10065-Adding-a-Watermark-to-an-Image.html
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by:epifanio67
ID: 40210362
thank you experts... I truly appreciate your help...

Regards,
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