IMDB’s image provider has implemented the classic way of preventing image stealing: return false for the right-click or contextMenu event.

This annoys me so much.

Here, try right-clicking (or any clicking) on <a href=”javascript: HREF=”http://www.icanhascheezburger.coml” onContextMenu=’return false’ onClick=’return false’“>this link</a>.

Ohhhh man, aren’t I clever and devious. I’ve told that link, via the evil JavaScript pseudo-protocol definition in the HTML <a> element to ‘trap’ your click events and do nothing with them.

And it’s so trivially easy to subvert, it just irritates me that this qualifies as security and / or is demanded by clients. A demonstration should suffice. In these examples, IMDB tries to prevent me from grabbing images out of their pictures tool. Sigh. Must it be so?

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Or…

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So, please, stop. Just stop. Because you don’t stop the slightly-enlightened from getting the goodies:

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