Copyright protected?

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  1. ShutterMOM

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    I was reading up on protecting your images. In Photoshop you can go to file info and add information about the photo and there's a drop down menu that you can choose copyright. Does that do anything in protecting your images?? Really, who can see metadata?
     
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    The info placed there can be easily stripped by someone who wants the image. Only real way to protect ones work online is to watermark the hell out of it.
     
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    Haha I see:kekeke:
     
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    Its informational only, some image scraping apps may abide by it but mostly its there to make you feel good. Unfortunately the only real way to protect your image from re-use on the intertubes is big, obnoxious, image destroying watermarks.
     
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    Right. So if I did the copyright in the file info, who can see it? It's not even visible, like if I posted an image on here, how would you be able to tell that I did that?
     
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    All that setting does is display the © symbol next to the image name when opened inside of an application that is aware of that part of the EXIF info. Nothing else.

    It would be nice if it could be embedded and then could not be stripped away, but I don't think anyone has figured that out yet... :(
     
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    ShutterMom: A lot of browsers now show the embedded data when you right click on the image and view properties. Most image software has functionality to read them too. You'd be amazed at the info found in there. Google 'EXIF data'.

    The data is completely unprotected though, anybody/anything can change it, strip it or ignore it.

    For example here's the EXIF info from one of my images:

    File change date and time: 2009:02:22 00:12:18
    Image input equipment manufacturer: Canon
    Image input equipment model: Canon EOS 40D
    Person who created the image: Gordon Sleigh - gord@spoon.org
    Copyright holder: (C)2009 Gordon Sleigh
    Exposure time: 0.01
    F number: 7.1
    Exposure program: 1
    ISO speed rating: 1600
    Shutter speed: 6.64386
    Aperture: 5.65564
    Exposure bias: 0
    Maximum lens aperture: 2.97085
    Metering mode: 6
    Flash: 16
    Lens focal length: 90
    Focal plane X resolution: 4438.36
    Focal plane Y resolution: 4445.97
    Focal plane resolution unit: 2
    Custom rendered: 0
    Exposure mode: 1
    White balance: 0
    Scene capture type: 0
     
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    www.Digimarc.com not that I would hook up with these guys but it seems like it could have potential...
     
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    Digimarc is an electronic watermark that is supposed to survive even JPG compression and in invisible to the image viewer.

    I looked into it a few years ago before I started taking this halfway serious and dismissed it because there is an annual fee to maintain the service. It is a plug-in or Photoshop though, which makes it very convenient.

    Edit: Just checked and for the "Professional Gallery" edition, which can protect up to 5000 images the annual subscription cost is $499 USD.
     
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