3 Powerful Ways to Enhance Your Image Copyrighting

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The moment you snap a photo, you own the rights to it. However, it’s your duty to protect your image. Make sure you have a firm grasp on some of the most effective ways to secure your copyrighted photos. Here are three ways to enhance the effectiveness of image copyrighting.

1. Copyright Registration

A copyright is automatically applied whenever a photo is created. However, digital images are easy to download and reuse. Though the image copyright belongs to the original uploader, they need to prepare to prove it’s their image in the future. Furthermore, they should be ready for potential legal action. That’s why it’s important to register a copyright image.

A copyright rubber stamp.
Register your copyright for further protection.

The key to making a copyright more concrete is to officially register it with a copyright office. This gives more power to the image owner in all cases of misuse and theft. It also eases the burden of proving the image belongs to you. Before uploading photos online, simplify ownership disputes by registering them.

2. Watermarks

Image watermarking is an effective way to reduce risk of unauthorized photo use. A watermark partially covers a photo until the image becomes licensed for use, at which time it gets removed. A watermark credits the license-holder with text embedded onto the photo. In order to efficiently protect your images with a watermark, make sure you use the right photo system.

A laptop with animated words above it.
Image watermarking is another way to protect copyright images.

The system you use to watermark depends on how many photos you’ll need to watermark and whether it’s for personal or enterprise use. A popular watermarking system for personal use is Adobe Photoshop, which is great if you only have a couple images to watermark. On the other hand, companies with large amounts of images to watermark need a system to automate the process on a large scale. Most digital rights management systems have automated watermarking capabilities, making them ideal to handle company watermarking needs.

3. Copyright Logos

If someone misuses your licensed photos, it’s a lot harder for them to claim ignorant if the images have copyright logos on them. A copyright seal on an image makes it clear that the image is protected and must be handled within legal guidelines. Sometimes, a copyright logo acts as a deterrent. This also helps users avoid future disputes or legal hassle.

A copyright logo.
A copyright logo gives users a great deterrent.

If you want the utmost representation of copyright on an image, place a more detailed copyright mark onto images. For example, placing the copyright logo, the name of the copyright holder and the date the copyright was registered onto images provides a more vivid warning for users. Aim to satisfy more than one detail on each of your images.

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.

Casey Schmidt – Content Manager and Industry Expert | Canto

Casey Schmidt is a content manager at Canto who enjoys taking complex subjects and making them easy to understand for readers.