Protect Your Content – 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, and you need to prove the copyright of said pictures are yours.

This is why it’s crucial to take the important step of registering images with the copyright office. The number one reason to register images is to make the process of fighting copyright infringement and intellectual property theft easier.

Benefits of Copyrighting Images

The obvious benefits of copyrighting images are protection that could keep potential financial returns safe. For example, if your photographs are used to make an outside party an extraordinary amount of money, a lawsuit would be a lot higher chance of success and the financial rewards would stay intact.

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Copywriting images provides greater chances for successful legal action of intellectual property theft.

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 use of it in the future. This empowers copyright holders to take action against all future unwanted use of their images.

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 will guide you through this process so you can successfully input copyright logos or text next to images before uploading them. Another important option to keep in mind is digital rights management systems, which manage copyright logos.

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Digital rights management systems protect copyright material.

The most effective way to prevent copyrighted material being used in unauthorized way 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. Total control of 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 not only register the image with a copyright license, but also keep your images safe from all types of misuse.