Copyright Photos

How Do I Copyright My Photos


Pictures are among the most commonly misused types of content through the Internet. If you are an artiest or photographer that create images for the Internet, you would be happy to see people like your works. However, the photo use is more than putting them in their blog or Facebook. There have been several cases of photos posted online being used for commercial purpose. Now it’s important to copyright photos legally.

Photo Copyright means the right to copy. This right is a legal construct, designed for the artist to support their artistic endeavors. Whether your work is painting, photograph or statues, you get the exclusive right to make and sell copies of the photo. That’s to say, get the photos copyrighted. If someone wants to use your work, they have to get your permission. You can negotiate a “license” to copy, and perhaps even get paid in real money. Don’t think copyright photos are some governmental things that far away from your life, since everyone could post photos through the Internet and get exposed, every work should be copyrighted and protected. Now we list three methods to copyright photos in the following article.

Copyright Photos


Part 1. Copyright Photos with Watermark

When you search on the Internet for high-resolution images, many of them are watermarked with the author’s personal text or image. Adding watermark on your own work is a direct declaration to people who see them: I am the owner of the photo, get my permission before use it.

With time goes by, adding watermark in an art way becomes a trend. Photos you post on social media, like Facebook and Instagram, are all watermarked with your profile name on them. What if you want to make your own special mark apart from what social media stamp on. WidsMob ImageConvert should be the best tools to copyright photos with watermark in batch process and instant preview.

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1. Download and Install Photo Converter. After that you can launch the program as the screenshot.

Open ImageConvert

2. Check the Watermark menu to add watermark in both text and image.

Start Convert ImageConvert

3. Select Text from the list, and then add text as image.

Text Watermark ImageConvert


Part 2. Register from U.S. Copyright Office

That’s the most powerful and effective way to copyright photos by protecting your works, which can make it much easier to fight back against intellectual property infringements. With the registration you will get legally permissible proof that you own the copyright on your photos. The rules for copyright photo system altered by different countries, we just take U.S. Copyright rules as example here. Follow the steps to complete the photos copyrighting.

1. You could directly copyright photos online. Visit U.S. Copyright Office website: copyright.gov. If you register your photographs, you are eligible to collect statutory damages of up to $150,000 for each copyright infringement case.

2. Tap Register a Copyright. The money cost to copyright your photos varies by the numbers of photos you are filling at one time.

3. Then you wait another eight or more months for the case processing. After 8 months, you will get a formal copyright registration certificate. Keep this legal proof in your safe in case you ever need it.

U.S. Copyright


Part 3. Copyright Photos with EXIF Editing

Actually, in U.S., according to Berne Convention, at the moment of creation, when you press the shutter release, photos copyright applies automatically. But you still need to tell people that you are the creator of the photos, even you put them on copyright free photos websites. EXIF is the way to make a verification of ownership in the image itself.

EXIF (Exchangeable image file format) is a standard that specifies the formats for images, sound, and ancillary tags used by digital cameras (including smartphones), scanners and other systems handling image and sound files recorded by digital cameras. These settings can then be later used to organize photographs, perform searches and provide vital information to photographers. This could be another form of protect and copyright your photos. You need to add your information to the files and edit the EXIF.

1. Before editing the information of the photo, you need to remove the unnecessary information automatically recorded by camera.

2. Windows Explorer is a powerful tool to view and remove EXIF data of picture. Right click on the photos you want to view the EXIF data, select Properties and navigate to Details.

3. In order to remove EXIF data, select all images having same EXIF data, tap Details tab > Remove Properties > Personal Information. Now, on the next window screen, you can selectively choose to remove EXIF information from images.

4. When you need to use Windows explorer to edit the EXIF data, you can use Opanda PowerExif Editor for EXIF editing or other similar program. You could manage and record photographic data freely and keep maximum 60K characters as multi-language code to write your information and copyright the photos.

Remove EXIF Windows


Bottom line

If you post photos on the Internet, no matter what kind of purpose you share them at first. Do copyright photos! Although getting a paper certification from government to protect your work may be costly, it would be much easier to fight back against intellectual property infringements in the future. Do some tricks to tell people that the photos are copyrighted is another way of protecting. If you think save and edit the EXIF data of your photo is a challenge, adding watermark on images to declare the ownership might be an easy way to copyright photos.

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Peter Wood
Peter Wood
Peter Wood, a senior editor, focus on photography design and editing software and devices.

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