Protect your images!

Friday, January 15, 2010

While in class a couple of days ago, we briefly talked about image rights and such, and it reminded me of this blog and a past post about the subject (I think it was about watermarking). I just want to make sure all of you are embedding your information into each file. You can do this in Adobe Bridge (and maybe even Lightroom) in the Metadata panel. You can enter all sorts of information here- your name and contact info, the clients name and contact info, info about the picture, usage rights, etc...
If you ever have a problem with someone using your image without your permission, the proof that it's yours is embedded in the file itself. This is important as there was a law passed not too long ago that states if a person can prove that they used reasonable measures without success (not the exact wording, but just as stupid) to try to find the creator of an image they borrowed, they cannot be sued by the creator. So, at the very least, embed your names! You can batch process too (highlight them all, then go to metadata to enter info). It doesnt take that much time and totally worth it!


Claire said...

Awesome info. Thank you SO much for sharing it Jamie. I will definitely be doing this from now on. Do you know if the imbedded info carries with the image when you do things like upload it to blogger or photobucket?

Jamie L said...

You know, many services DONT preserve the metadata (including blogger- not sure about photobucket)- at least for now. (Many claim to do it to shrink the files- not worth it!) Some photographers recommend just putting links in your blog to your website for people to view photos, but I dont think that's a solution. There is a big push right now for those sites to fix this problem- hopefully it will happen soon!

But to be honest, if someone wanted, they could strip the metadata anyway. But at least the info will be there for the honest people:) I know a couple of people who have gotten work that way. The client received an email with their pic and they wanted to use the photo so they got the photographers info from the metadata. Very cool!

Amanda J said...

Thanks for the info! I'm excited to try it out!

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