For some reason Stuff have chosen to “protect” their photos by disabling right-clicking. This is a giant leap backwards.
Firstly it makes for an awful browsing experience. I tend to randomly right-click on things as I browse, and the pop-up dialog box is unexpected behavior. It’s behavior that feels like it breaks the internet.
Secondly the pop-up box is modal – it grabs all of the browser attention, and will not go away until it is clicked. If you click a link from another program, say, email, then the page will not load (at least on Safari) until the dialog box is clicked. Try it – it really feels broken.
Thirdly this approach is fundamentally a waste of time for the intended purpose. As the picture above demonstrates it is still trivially easy to copy a photo from a website.
I would strongly question the overall intention of copy protecting the image. I would advocate to the senior Stuffies that they should want Stuff images to be spread around, with a link back of course. People should be able to tweet, email, or share on Facebook links any awesome images they see.
It’s the internet, and so the solution now is to take a screen grab of the photo, place it in another photo repository and share it that way. Stuff will now have no idea or control over the image.
I was motivated to write this post after genuinely hesitating before clicking on the Stuff bookmark just now, recalling this issue. I suspect I am not alone, and also suspect Stuff will soon see an impact in page views versus the NZHerald site.
Fairfax – please reverse this decision.