I designed a publication for a local non-profit, as well as the ads. I used Illustrator to create a pretty cool illustration for their casino night fundraiser ad. It was commercially printed, then the client put the PDF online so the general public could see it. Then a different non-profit sees the ad, EXTRACTS it from the PDF, changes the text, and starts redistributing it to promote their own casino night.
This has happened before with a different non-profit client. In both cases I contacted the directors of the thieving non-profits to let them know they violated my copyright, and the situation was resolved to my satisfaction. But those are just the ones I’ve caught. There are probably others doing the same thing.
I don’t want to play a perpetual game of whack-a-mole. Is there a way to prevent this… locking specific art/pages in a publication that are likely to be stolen? Keep in mind that the original client still needs to have their users be able to print out copies of the ad. I can’t impair their usability.
I know I can rasterize the entire page for use in the PDF version of the publication, and that would make it a less attractive target, but are there other things that can be done?