Hey all! I’m an artist on Patreon and I think a lot of other artists share this frustration and powerlessness at combating leaks! Even if you charge up-front, all it takes is one leaker to bite the bullet one month and give you a few bucks so they can share your work with all their friends.
Now, I don’t want to come off as too ranty, I honestly believe that most leakers/people who consume leaked content weren’t going to pledge anyway so I try to just ignore it in general. But recently more and more of my content has been leaked, and I’m just sort of shocked at how little power Patreon gives it’s creators over the situation? It boils down to essentially, “asking nicely” for people to not leak, which is nothing at all lol.
I would like to request that Patreon have some sort of functionality to disable simple right-click saving of image posts! I understand obviously they could screenshot things etc, but I think just this barrier would help a lot! Particularly with animations, which would be harder to screenshot. Either this, or have it so that patrons have to click a download button which NOTIFIES YOU that they are downloading the photo. With this, you could at least see a rough estimate of who the leaker might be? And you could communicate with your patrons and tell them to not download the image while you look for a leaker, etc.
I’m just spitballing at this point but PLEASE consider giving creators some ability to push back against leakers!