The importance of copyrighting your images.


posted on 17th of january, 2010

The importance of copyrighting your images.

It may take a little extra time to copyright your vector and photographic images and no one wants to hear that. Isn't writing the description and thinking of relevant keywords for your images hard enough? But spending a few extra minutes to embed your name and contact information into your image is time well spent.

First of all, and most importantly, you protect your self from another person taking credit for your image. In addition, you can also add your contact information such as your personal/business website which is another great way to promote yourself and your work!

I can give you some advice on how to do it if you use Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator (Version CS2 and on).

This is a very simple, quick and easy process. It's almost the same process as naming your image, writing a description, and adding keywords to the file, all of the stuff that you will have to do anyway if you want to sell your images as microstock. The only difference is that you embed your name and contact information into the file.

Here is the simple procedure for both Photoshop and Illustrator:
1.) In both programs under the "File" menu there is a "File Info" tab. Click on that.

2.) A dialogue box will open and the first tab is labeled "Description." Now you will have the option of what information you would like to share with the world. You can enter:
Document Title
Author: (Your Name)
Author Title: (Illustrator or Photographer)
Description: (of your image)
Keywords
Copyright Status: ("Copyrighted")
Copyright Notice, (I strongly suggest you add your real/legal name and the date you finished creating your image (i.e. ©anonperson2010)
Copyright URL: (Please enter the website where potential buyers can contact you directly and possible hire you to create custom work.)

3.) That's it! Save your image and submit it to Dreamstime. Good Luck and have fun! I hope this information is useful. If you have any feedback I would love to hear from you!


Comments (22)

Posted by Groovychick69 on January 31, 2010
Thanks Lowthian, that sounds like a great tip. I'm rocking CS4 also and I love the Bridge.
Posted by Lowthian on January 31, 2010
I'm a Photoshop CS4 user and I regularly do this with all of my images. I've found a very quick and simple way to accomplish this using Bridge.

Here's how I do it.

Open Bridge, click Tools from the top line menu, then click "Create Medadata Template". In the template that appears, I just fill in all the data about myself that I want to add to every image I create. I give it the title "Copyright 2010" and save it.

To add this information to an image, all you have to do in Bridge is highlight the image, is click "Tools, then click "Append Metadata", and you'll get a menu that contains the template you just created. When you select it, all your data in the template is added to the image.

You can batch process images by just highlighting any number of images then go through the same process.

At the beginning of each new calendar year, I create a new template that just changes the year of the copyright and save it with a new name.

I do this with every image that I intend...(More)
Posted by Groovychick69 on January 27, 2010
Thanks for the comment Bradcalkins. But, why would it be cost efficent or profitable for DT to "strip" our images of all info including "IPTC", "Camera Data", etc? I really don't think DT would take the time to delete all the embedded data then re-save the jpeg. Re-saving a jpeg again and again degrades the quality of the image. Not a good business practice.

I'm not sure how long ago you made that suggestion to add "Copyright info to downloaded" images but I think that your prayers have been answered not by DT but by the camera companies and computer software companies.

Think about it. And remember maybe the information is there, embedded in your image but you need someone to look for it using the proper software and not to be mean but if you don't save your image correctly the information won't be stored.

SORRY to everyone if this blog is getting complicated. Thanks everyone for your input!

Disclaimer: I am not a professional writer.
Posted by Bradcalkins on January 26, 2010
Do you have any evidence that copyright information is retained when buyers make a purchase? Any files I've downloaded have been stripped of all information, including EXIF for camera details. I put in a suggestion in the message boards a long time ago to add Copyright info to downloaded files automatically, but didn't really get a response...
Posted by Giannelliwilliam on January 25, 2010
Thank you for the tips very useful!
Posted by Groovychick69 on January 24, 2010
Thanks Tan510jomast for the additional clarification!
Posted by Elimitchell on January 22, 2010
Ok, I was thinking that he meant a visible copyright, not exif. Thanks for clearing up the confusion.
Posted by Tan510jomast on January 22, 2010
I think there is a confusion here. You don't embed a copyright into your image. You just included it into your info with PS. I don't think there is any site that allows you to embed a watermark, copyright,etc.. that is visible on your images.
But if you meant the EXIF data or whatnot, then yes, as far as I know , all artist do that as a habit. I do on all my images whether they be stock or not.

As for copyright. In some countries, Canada is one, the moment you create an image, the copyright is already there. You can still go ahead to make a formal registration for copyright. But it is a given that the copyright belongs to the creator of the image.
Exceptions being when it is a "work for hire".

Also, it is not foolproof that "someone cannot steal your images" when you do that in EXIF. Anyone can copy or make a new canvas and all those infos are wiped clean, including your camera infos,etc..
But if ever you locate a thief, your RAW images and other originals...(More)
Posted by Groovychick69 on January 21, 2010
Yes. I am human. I do get rejections but not for this issue.
Posted by Elimitchell on January 21, 2010
Hi Elimitchell, I'm not the spokesperson for DT but if you created the photo or illo you uploaded on to this site then you are allowing people to use the image on a restricted basis. You own the image, not DT, they are just our pimps. (jk) I don't think we are asked to remain anonymous here. If you chose to embed your name and contact information into your image it's a little extra work but so far no submitter has had an image rejected for it, and there are a lot of good reasons to do so that benefit both DT and us. And besides that, Picasso signed his paintings. Our signatures just need to be invisible. : )

Do you do this to your images (and they still get accepted)?
Posted by Groovychick69 on January 21, 2010
Hi Elimitchell, I'm not the spokesperson for DT but if you created the photo or illo you uploaded on to this site then you are allowing people to use the image on a restricted basis. You own the image, not DT, they are just our pimps. (jk) I don't think we are asked to remain anonymous here. If you chose to embed your name and contact information into your image it's a little extra work but so far no submitter has had an image rejected for it, and there are a lot of good reasons to do so that benefit both DT and us. And besides that, Picasso signed his paintings. Our signatures just need to be invisible. : )
Posted by Elimitchell on January 21, 2010
You can embed a copyright into an image that you upload to DT?
Posted by Groovychick69 on January 20, 2010
The keyboard shortcut for the copyright symbol © on the Mac is the option/alt key plus the "g" key. Got it? Hold down the option/alt key then press "g."
Posted by Hlehnerer on January 18, 2010
Great tip, thanks!
Posted by Groovychick69 on January 18, 2010
Have you noticed the following message on the page we use to add keywords and descriptions to the images we upload to DT?

Sell the rights (SR-EL)
use recommended price (recommended price: $250) or set a price $


DT offers us the option to sell the copyrights to our images for a price we think is fair. If you do sell the rights then you will remain the author of the image but you can not continue selling it on DT or any other microstock site.

Therefore, we own our images and the copyrights until someone buys the image from us. Until then people are just allowed to USE our images in a limited way.
Posted by Frantab01 on January 18, 2010
this is invaluable info - thanks so much and will def do it :)
Posted by Fultonsphoto on January 18, 2010
Good idea, if its allowed, thanks.
Posted by Kaththea on January 17, 2010
Thanks for useful tips. To be honest, I've never thought about it before, but it sounds very reasonable
Posted by Javashots on January 17, 2010
Many thanks! I had been under the impression that we could not add any copyright info to the image if we were uploading to DT. Shows just how clueless I am as a newbie!
Posted by Rosedarc on January 17, 2010
Great tip, thanks a lot
Posted by Creativei on January 17, 2010
Well I would like to add something to this, When I normally transfer my raw files to computer from camera, I use Nikon Transfer, and it gives options to automatically embed certain values, Use this option so it saves lots of time, I normally add, these details when i transfer files, copyright note, my name, website, email id, and trademark keywords like creativei. That means all the above information in this blog gets automatically embedded into your image while transferring. Hope this helps.

Thanks Groovychick for this blog.
Posted by smartview27 on January 17, 2010
great tips! I wish you a relaxing sunday!



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