How to Copyright Images


Did you know the images you produce are copyrighted to you automatically? Issues arise however when another party tries to use your digital assets in an unwanted manner. Make sure you know how to prove copyrighted images are yours.

How to Copyright Images

Step 1

Prepare backups of your images. This allows you to give copies to the registration office without losing the original.

Step 2

Complete all registration forms. It might be wise to have a second party involved to ensure you’ve filled out your forms correctly.

Step 3

Hand in all forms and attached images. Follow this up by paying any applicable fees.

The final necessary action in the process is placing copyright logos onto protected images that you’ve registered. This makes the process of fighting copyright infringement and intellectual property theft easier.

A copyright notice.
Make sure to place digital logos of copyright onto your images.

Benefits of Copyrighting Images

Copyrighting images provide protection that keeps financial returns safe. For example, if your photographs are used to make an outside party money, a lawsuit would likely be successful in your favor. This all ensures your financial rewards stay intact.

There are also ways to prevent users from stealing and using your copyrighted images. When an unauthorized use of a copyrighted picture is found, you can file claims against the guilty party to remove the image from their website and discontinue all future use. This empowers copyright holders to take action against all unwanted use of their images.

Copyright logo digitally enhanced.
Copyrights discourage theft.

Further Protective Measures Post-Copyright

Copyrighting images is the first step to prevention, but it’s important to further your image security after obtaining copyright licenses. One of the key ways to accomplish this is through clear labeling of images using copyright logos. There are numerous websites that guide you through this process. Another important option to keep in mind is digital rights management systems, which manage copyright logos.

The most effective way to prevent copyrighted material misuse is image watermarking. A watermark is a logo or text that meshes with the photo, preventing someone from using the original image in the way it was intended. The original image will be in your control and you can choose to allow access to the image without the watermark once necessary permissions or payments are received.

Every photograph you take is valuable and has potential to greatly benefit your business. Ensure the necessary steps are in place to register the image with a copyright license and keep your images safe from all types of misuse.