How can I lock properties like author info of images?

1hegame March 14, 2013

Is this possible to stick your name to an image in such a way that no one can remove it?

For example if you head to (Windows 7) C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Nature \ img2, see its properties and try to edit its author/copyright info in the Details tab you can’t. Now if you copy it somewhere else, you then will be able to edit its properties. How is this?

I want something similar, but with the condition that no one can remove my name which I stick to an image in any way.

    March 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Hello, you could try watermarking the picture but there is no guaranty that it is going to work. There are a few programs that can remove watermarks if the person that wants the picture knows how to work with the program.

  2. Home Less
    March 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    There are several different methods users can use to help protect and prevent other users copying, hotlinking, or otherwise using your image without your consent. Keep in mind that none of the methods available will protect your images 100% from all users. However, can help protect you from the majority of users online.

    URL, copyright, or watermark on images

    Adding your company name, photographer name, website URL, or copyright is one of the easiest and quickest methods of helping to protect and identify images you post online.

    Below is a visible Computer Hope URL below image. If a user were to copy this image or hotlink the image the URL would be copied with the image. Of course adamant users who wished to use this image as their own could crop the image and claim it as their own. However, could discourage users who wish to copy multiple images from your site and if hotlinked is a form of advertising.

    Read more on >> and

    • 1hegame
      March 23, 2013 at 2:36 am

      Thanks for your add.

  3. Nevzat A
    March 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Even watermarks can be removed with carefully editing or with specialized software like this : There is no guarantee you can protect your name on images.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      You can ensure the watermark to be harder to remove by placing it in a prominent place, but you'll sacrifice a nice bit of aesthetics that way. Too bad copyright and digital media aren't exactly walking hand in hand.

    • Nevzat A
      March 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      +1 Lisa.

  4. Nitesh Badala
    March 15, 2013 at 5:36 am

    right click on the image >properties. you find many option related with file access and security so change as per you require.
    if any other changes you want to do then go to advance option.

  5. Oron Joffe
    March 14, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Adding to what others have said, there is no way to add in _as a property_ (like the example you gave), since properties can be edited or removed if the file is not read-only. The normal way to protect an image is with a watermark, and there are both standalone programs and Photoshop plugins that will do this for you. You can also quite easily "write" your name on the corner of an image (like an painter who signs his painting), and although it would be possible to crop the image, or to "doctor" the image, it would be hard work.

    • 1hegame
      March 15, 2013 at 2:16 am

      So the only way is to Watermark.

  6. MrMike Mann
    March 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Unfortunately the answer is no.

  7. Alan Wade
    March 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Here is an interesting article that may throw some light on what you are trying to achieve:

    • 1hegame
      March 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      That page seems like site specific. It is just for that site only. Have you read it yourself before posting?

  8. Alan Wade
    March 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Give this a try,
    Burn your images to disc then copy them back to your hard drive, that should remove the edit function from images. At least thats what Ive been told, I hav'nt tried it myself.

    • 1hegame
      March 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      That seems have a weightage. I have noticed similar things.

  9. Jan Fritsch
    March 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    The protection comes from Windows 7, not the file. Any file within a system directory is protected by default and can only be altered by moving it into a none-protected area (e.g. your Desktop) or by opening/running the corresponding application using the "Run as administrator" option.

    Unfortunately you can only really protect your image by having a watermark within a "crucial" area e.g. over the object itself ~ and even then, with enough time and editing skills one could remove such watermark.
    Another method would be an invisible watermark or steganography which won't be noticed immediately and removed unless someone is actually looking for it.

    I'm afraid that's the sad reality of digital data.

    some links worth reading:

  10. Bruce Epper
    March 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    IN Win7, the C:WindowsWebWallpaperNature directory is read-only, so by default you cannot save anything else in there or modify the files that already exist in that folder. When you copy it to another location, it will lose the read-only protection of the source directory. The same thing would happen if the source file itself was marked as read-only.

    These attributes you want to protect in the file are merely tags that are supported by the file format. The format iself does not afford any kind of protection for these tags. I don't know of any that do support that type of protection.

  11. ha14
    March 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

    perhaps the folder in which it is located is read only?

  12. Chinmay Sarupria
    March 14, 2013 at 11:31 am
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