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Implemented Change copy & paste picture functionality in 1.2

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Martok, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    In Xenforo 1.2, the functionality for copying and pasting pictures differs from previous versions. In 1.2, when copying and pasting a picture, it is uploaded as an attachment into a forum post. In earlier versions, if the image was copied from another website, the pasted picture was inserted as an image linked from that site. Images copied from a computer weren't inserted and they had to be uploaded as a file before inserting into a post.

    A function in the ACP is added to enable/disable this new functionality. Disabling it would revert the functionality to that in 1.1.5 and earlier. If this isn't possible to implement, then I would propose that this new functionality is removed altogether and is reverted to that in 1.15.

    Discussion on this new functionality started here:


    The issue with this new functionality is that many users will continue to use the copy and pasting pictures as they have done before with the consequence that forums will end up hosting the images instead of simply linking to them. This has consequences for server space (especially for large forums) as well as copyright - some websites take a very hard line on other sites, including forums, taking and hosting their images, and ultimately it's the forum owners' responsibility not to breach copyright.

    Although we can try and educate our users, we won't succeed in at least some cases, especially with the less tech-savvy. Setting permissions to prevent using attachments doesn't solve the issue either as there will be users who do want to upload images that they have on the computer.

    Don't get me wrong, I think this new functionality is great. However, I think it's going to cause more problems for forum admins, hence my suggestion of either a control in the ACP to enable/disable this feature or to revert the functionality to what we currently have in 1.1.5.
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  2. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Agreed. The software should never assume that uploading a pasted image is acceptable. This should be something that is user initiated.
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  3. a.tushkanov

    a.tushkanov Active Member

    +1 but this is not as much about server space on hosting as copyright of images copy/pasting from other sites. it'll be just great to have an option in CP to on/off this feature.
  4. DFI

    DFI Active Member

    New functionality is complicating this also. Earlier features are simple and best. So I too feel that we should amend or revert.
  5. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

    What stops someone from downloading the picture and then uploading it to the forum?
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  6. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

  7. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    Nothing at all. However, that would be a deliberate act on the user's part to take and upload an image.

    The difference here is that the new functionality makes it very easy to upload images inadvertently. This is because the copy and paste process for doing this is identical to what is currently done in 1.1.5 (and editors elsewhere), however in 1.1.5 and elsewhere this puts a linked image into the post, not an uploaded image. This is very useful especially for the less tech-savvy as copying and pasting pictures is natural for them from programs like Word, whereas adding a picture by linking a URL is more complex (and believe me I know this is true, I do a lot of training with teachers and find some still struggle with this!)

    So I think that the functionality should either revert to that in 1.1.5 or at least have some sort of switch in the ACP to enable/disable this to avoid the inevitable increase in uploaded pictures on forums and the problems of breaking copyright that forum admins will have to deal with.
  8. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Absolutely nothing. However, since the member has done it and not the software (which the Administrator would be responsible for), Safe Harbor now applies. If the software is doing it, it's a whole 'nother can of worms that I'd rather not put up with.

    If this function were to go "gold" in its present form, I would have to do some edits to disable drag and drop completely. It's not something I want to deal with as the Admin and site owner.
  9. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    One thing to consider is that the current functionality is preferable to some admin like myself. So I hope Mike will make a switch in the Admin CP to enable or disable this feature so it will satisfy the needs for most forum owners.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2013
    gldtn, Luke F, rellek and 2 others like this.
  10. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    This is simply keeping up with the times, many social outlets including Facebook offer drag and drop. IMO, this is one of the best features added to 1.2
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  11. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    As long as the drag and drop slaps an img tag on it, more power to it. But to physically upload it automatically to the server? No thank you. I don't want that headache.
  12. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    Yes, Agree on this.
  13. caoanh204

    caoanh204 Active Member

    I agree. With this feature, our forum could be can be sued for copyright infringement pictures. Please add an option on 1.2 B6 or Final. Thanks.
  14. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    You can't be sued if you remove the photos when you receive a C&D on them.
  15. rellek

    rellek Well-Known Member

    Well, here in Germany you can be sued either way. If you embed an image, people argue that you (as the administrator who didn't even posted it) claim copyrights on your side (wherever they have that from) and if you upload it to your server, they say the same.

    So basically the best solution is upload and prevent guests from downloading it. If it's on your server, you don't steal traffic and the real owner doesn't even know you have that image embedded. So at least for German customers, that would be a big plus.
    And, I do not depend on if the other server is available or not. So if a thread depends on images posted, you can still read it after 10 years. Plus, it decreases the loading time for Google and the connections to different servers. So there are many advantages, I think.

    I would like the option what to do with a linked image: Just embed or re-upload to my own server.
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  16. caoanh204

    caoanh204 Active Member

    Yes, this feature is useful with someone and unfavorable for someone, too.
    So xenForo should be add an option allow to user enable/disable this feature.
  17. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    For copyright issues it doesn't matter if you have it stored on your server (attachment) or it's an embedded image, it's still being shown on your site and therefore in violation. So changing this functionality for image copyright reasons would be pointless. The only way to prevent copyright issues is by posting only a link to the original image.
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  18. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    There's still a big difference between hotlinking an image and taking the image and uploading it on your forum. Sites that are particularly bothered about hotlinking will put code in place to prevent it. Others use it to their advantage as it can draw in new visitors. I'm sure sites take a dimmer view of other sites that take their images over those that just hotlink to them.

    This suggestion is still valid anyway as admins may not want an increasing amount of their web space taken up by uploaded images.
  19. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Not to say there isn't an issue here, but I feel like it's being blown out of proportion a bit - there's actually only one situation where the behavior changed between 1.1 and 1.2 where it actually worked correctly in 1.1: in Chrome (only), right click an image on a page, select "copy image", paste in the editor. That would upload in 1.2 where it would link in 1.1. I've changed it to detect this case.

    Every other situation that I know of would either have appeared to embed the image in the editor but upon submission, it would have disappeared; or, it simply wouldn't have been embedded and the user would have had to manually click the upload file button. The rest of the situations simply make the actual upload intention simpler to use (drag and drop, paste an image from the clipboard that doesn't have a URL, etc).

    Or is there another situation that I've missed?
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  20. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    It doesn't matter if the image is on your server or hotlinked, it's still being shown/used on your site which is a copyright violation. Since there's visually no difference between a hotlinked (embedded) image and an attached one, I'd prefer that the offender just upload it to his own server so that he isn't using my server resources.
    I'm curious, how does a hotlinked image that doesn't have any other credit/attribution links drive traffic to the authors site?
    Correct, this is still a valid reason, which is why in my first post I stated that doing this for copyright reasons is pointless.

    BTW I'm a photographer that covers professional and amateur motocross/supercross (dirt bike) events and I've lost track of the amount of times that my work has been taken. I no longer concern myself with copyright violations unless it's for commercial useage. Didn't take me that long to realize that going after individual people was a waste of time and money.

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