24 December 2007

How To Steal Photos on Flickr

I found the photo I needed (for offline use) but unfortunately, the photo had been "protected" by Flickr and I could only save a spaceball.gif file. But that wasn't a problem, really. *Evil grin*

Here's an extremely easy way to steal or leech "protected" photos on Flickr:

1. Use Firefox to go to the Flickr page where the photo resides and hit Ctrl-U. This will bring up the page source window.

2. Hit Ctrl-F, key "jpg" (without the quotes) into the Find field and hit Return/Enter until you see something that goes like http://farm1.static.flickr.com/.... under the "noscript" section.

3. Copy and paste the URL into your URL field.

4. That's it. You can now save the Flickr photo. :-)


p+k said...

nice one. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

You do realise that pictures on Flickr are generally copyrighted unless flagged as Creative Commons?

Just because they're on a photo sharing site doesn't mean they are free for any twat to steal.

The semi and pro photographers on Flickr take a very dim view of theft of their work and are issuing DMCA notices (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Millennium_Copyright_Act) to web site hosting companies to have the offending sitess shut down.

Anyway, just a heads up.

Wei-Yee Chan said...

Wow, you make it sound as though I was providing instructions on how to create an atomic bomb.

I'm not hosting any copyrighted photos stolen from flickr, period.

By the way mate, you really should consider switching to a Linux machine. Your expensive Mac can be hacked in under 10 seconds.


Anonymous said...

Photo theft is a huge problem. Probably would have been best for you not to post this.

Wei-Yee Chan said...

>Photo theft is a huge problem. Probably
>would have been best for you not to post

You're talking about ancient history. You were sent to this page by Google because I was one of the first few people to post this information. As I understand, Google values the age of a page to a certain extent.

As I recall clearly, when I posted this, a search on Google revealed that there were only 3 persons who knew/provided such information. Each of us had our own distinct methods.

Our intention was never to encourage stealing.  What we did was merely a proof-of-concept demonstration that the so-called copy protection feature offered by flickr offers little protection.  In fact, I do believe that flickr has never claimed that its copy protection is fool-proof. It was due to the lack of understanding by users (usually technically incompetent Mac users) that led to this misconception.

Today, you could do a search and discover that there are numerous sites offering such information, using much more efficient methods than mine.

If I were a thief, I certainly wouldn't use my method to steal photos. It would be much easier to simply install a particular Firefox extension and leech photos with a few simple mouse clicks.

Suppose your photos are too precious to be stolen, then I might suggest that you put scaled-down versions of them on the web instead.  And if you're thinking of putting up some nude photos of yourself on the web.  

Perhaps you Mac users lack the Print Screen (aka screenshot capture) button on  your keyboards, but let me tell you, any photo can be stolen with just a simple screenshot.  

"Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. Do not f*** with us."  -- Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999)

Consider this: The people whom you so detest could be the very people who're protecting you from villains on the Internet.  

Think about it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hey I appreciate your work being posted and it helped me to get a photo I needed for private use also since i couldn't get a response from the person who had it on Flickr so it was the only thing left to do and I send you many Thanks. :)

Anonymous said...

Copyright's and the internet !

Your wrong in showing people how to STEAL !!!


Tyler Durden said...

U and your fucked up pitbull university. Wahahahaha!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Dude!

Although the FF is easier, as you mentioned.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. When someone copyrights someone else's art, I consider that fair trade.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this.....i play in many bands, and the fact that a picture of me can be someone else's
property, WRONG! not anymore