Image Copyrighting – 3 Ways to Protect Your Pictures


Image copyrighting offers companies a path to protect digital assets from misuse and theft. Though standard copyrighting practices are important, make sure all the valuable ways to benefit from image copyrighting are utilized by your business. Here are three ways to enhance the effectiveness of your company’s image copyrighting.

Registration of Copyright

The copyright of an image is automatically applied to whomever created the image or took the photograph. Digitally, images are easy to download and reuse. Though the copyright of the image still belongs to the original uploader, proving it and taking successful legal action requires a diligent process of protection.

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Register copyrighted images to ensure protection against misuse.

The key to making a copyright more set in stone is officially register it with a copyright office. This gives more power to the image owner in all cases of misuse and theft of the image. It also eases the burden of proving the copyright in fact belongs to you. Everyone believes they could easily prove they took the original image themselves if necessary, but it’s a lot harder than it seems. Simplify the potential hassle by registering all images you wish to upload.

Watermarks on Copyrighted Images

Image watermarking is a way to present images online without the risk of unauthorized use. This is because a watermark partially covers a photo until the image becomes licensed for use, at which time it gets removed. A watermark typically credits the license-holder with text embedded onto the photo.

There are a lot of ways to implement watermarks onto images, but some are much more beneficial to companies than others. A popular way for users to create a watermark is using Adobe Photoshop.

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Watermarks enhance security of copyrighted images.

The issue large enterprises encounter is they need to watermark a massive database of images. That’s why it’s vital to find a system that can automate the watermark. Most digital rights management systems have automated watermarking capabilities and should be implemented for companies looking to manage large image databases.

Copyright Logos on Digital Images

Positioning a copyright logo onto an image before putting it online mitigates claims of ignorance for image copyrights. This is because a copyright on an image makes it clear that the image is protected and must be handled within legal guidelines.

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Copyright logos should be placed onto sensitive digital images.

Any image you put online is already copyrighted without putting a copyright logo onto it, but the copyright adds to the security of the photo. This is because the logo acts as a deterrent to users considering misuse of the image. The tightest security results from placing a detailed copyright mark onto images. For example, the copyright logo, the name of the copyright holder and the date the copyright was registered provides a more vivid warning for users.

Image copyrighting goes beyond basic ownership of a photo. Digital images are at risk of theft and unauthorized usage. Make sure your copyright methods give the best chance to protect and deter abuse.