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09-02-2007, 11:06 AM   #1
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Post Processing - Copyright & Data Management

If like me, you want to protect your legal rights in your photograph with metadata in the image, I recommend that you check out the recently published IPTC meta data road map entitled Photo Meda Data White Paper 2007 . The link is here:

IPTC Web-photo metadata

The download link is at the right side of the page under Resources.

I found it particularly helpful in understanding the ongoing battle to protect a photographers legal right.

Also, there seems to be pressure to change the copyright law to provide that if a user makes a reasonable attempt contact the owner but can not find the the copyright holder then he can use the image without prejudice. I have started putting my email address directly in the body of copyright notice. That's the one place I can be sure I can be contacted no matter where I am at any given time....I am using gmail and am betting on Google being around at least as long as I am.

09-02-2007, 04:06 PM   #2

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You might want to follow the issue of orphan works via the following site:
It has a sample letter that speaks to the subject - I believe that the orphan works bill is not very high on congresses plate right now (the real push came when the GOP was in charge - there are other priorities now).

This whole idea of orphan works is why I suggest that everyone embed a copyright notice in the proper fields on all of the images they put up on the net. I also put a copyright notice on all of the images themselves - I do try to keep it subtle, sort of like paintings, when the artists name dominates the painting/image - it is an ego trip.

There are several tools that allow the embedding of copyrights into JPEG's, TIFF's, PNG's and other image formats. The only thing you can not embed the copyright notice in is RAW - since virtually all software capable of reading RAW, will not write back to the original media.

To protect yourself, embed your copyright - then the burden of finding you is up to the entity that wants to use your work. If you can demonstrate that the original had a notice and it was edited out - then you can go to town on their dime.


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