Copyright Notice Updates
Copyright notice updates are items that need to be addressed every year. On websites and blogs, as well as presets and templates in Lightroom, Bridge (part of Photoshop), or your imaging program of choice. Have you prepared yours? Do you even have any?
We have written on a number of occasions that your copyright notice is very important. It lets would-be infringers know that you take your copyright seriously. We put copyright notices on all our images, on our website, and on our blog (see below).
In our case, because we also register our images with the United States Copyright Office, we have been able to charge an appropriate fee for pirated images or at the very least have them immediately removed from others’ websites through the use of a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice. For those who want to read about this act in depth, go to the Copyright Office pdf file.
But for us mere mortals, you may find that the explanation from the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) is more practical and easy to understand.
All that aside, it offends Arnie and me to have some scumbag claim ownership of our photographs and/or try to make money off them. If someone wants to use one of our photographs, they can ask permission first and see what we say.
We also recommend that you see our blog on © Is for Copyright, if you haven’t already read it. This is very important, as there are only three legal forms of a copyright notice, and even seasoned photographers often list their copyright incorrectly. Arghhh!
OK, if you read our blog to learn how to Create a Copyright Template for Lightroom and Bridge (Photoshop), you have the tools to attach a proper copyright notice to all your images.
Yes, that teensy print in the screen shot above reads, “TBC © 2017,” the name of my 2017 copyright preset in Lightroom, and the one that I shall apply to all my 2017 images. And next year, I shall update it to read 2018.
OK, you have a template all set for 2017. Terrific! But wait … what about your website and/or blog? Have you put a copyright notice there, too? No? Hmmm, you may want to reconsider, as you Continue reading