How do you copyright your images?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Alonzo84, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    How do you copyright your digital images so that the copyright logo and your name appear on the photo itself? Can it be done in Photshop Elements?
  2. RHVC59 macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2008
    Eugene, Oregon
    Are you asking about Copyright or watermarking images?

    Registering a Copyrighting is done with the federal government see for more info.

    For watermarking there are several tutorials out there I amd sure there are some good ones at the NAPP website
    or do a search on watermarking with PS Elements one can be found here

    Actions in Photoshop can be your friend...
  3. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Please note that whether you add an explicit copyright indicator or not - you have copyright over your own photos from the moment you take them (in the United States at least).

    People on the web tend to be very lax/ignorant about copyright, so adding the copyright text may very well be a good idea as an additional deterrent - but it's not required.
  4. Nostromo macrumors 65816


    Dec 26, 2009
    Deep Space
    The best place to actually register your copyright is the library of congress.

    There is an online registration interface, and you can register as many photos you want for $ 35.

    For professionals this is very helpful. If a business steals your image - a registration makes it more expensive for them.

    This is best for images stolen for commercial purposes.

    Generally: for common image theft take-down notices are enough. If the person is stubborn, you can email the provider. It's not rare that websites of image thieves disappear then.
  5. chaos86 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2003
    You automatically hold the copyright on any original work you create.

    Proving it is the trick. Whenever you create something, just be sure to keep an original somewhere, with a date stamp on it. A quick note: If it's a digital work, and it's the kind of thing that you'll be updating over and over again, saving over the original file, that will update the date stamp on the file, and you won't win a legal fight by saying you created something first. Just keep the early sketches or an early version backed up. (Can you tell I write original web apps?)
  6. Alonzo84 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    If you shoot in RAW (NEF), does the original date stamp remain after processing and editing?
  7. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    Yes, unless you explicitly have it removed when exporting. (converting to say, jpeg)
  8. emorydunn macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2006
    Austin Texas
    If you want to put copyright information on/ in the image its self you either have to add a watermark or add copyright data to the metadata. I know in Lightroom you can do this and you can probably do it in Aperture and Photoshop as well, although I don't know exactly how in the last two.
  9. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    The indicator doesn't really help. What really helps is registration. With registration you go from actual damages to punitive damages. So, if you lose nothing by the theft, you get nothing (and I don't think the theft is actionable in that case)- if you lose say $1500 you get $1500 if you don't register the image. If you register it, then suddenly the average out of court settlement rises to something like USD$60,000. I believe the statutory maximum is USD$120,000- but you can Google the Copyright Act for the actual information.

    This is just my opinion, you should consult a lawyer for advice.

  10. keithOrbit macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2008
    i want to know too, i am searching the simple software for mac.
  11. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The simplest way. Make an image the just has the words on it you want. Make the text white and background "clear".

    Put his on a larer over you image and adjut the layer's transparency to souit your taste

    There are more complex methods but I think people are looking for something simple

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