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Old Feb 14, 2004, 7:00 AM   #1
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Can anyone please tell me how to put a watermark on my photos to protect them?

Is this the best way of copyrighting them online?

Any advice would be great.

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Old Feb 14, 2004, 9:47 AM   #2
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I just Sign mine Wtih my name and "" and the year I took it. Use any Post processing program Like PS and use the text part of the program.
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Here's a link on how to do it with PS Elements. You should be able to adjust it to fit the software you use. Another method to find this information is to do a google search for "watermark photoshop". It's fast and easy :lol:

http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/pho...ewatermark.htm
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I just Sign mine Wtih my name and "" and the year I took it. Use any Post processing program Like PS and use the text part of the program.
When you copyright, there must be more to it than just putting a "" on it. I assume this is just a bluff or is copyright automatic?
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Old Feb 14, 2004, 8:23 PM   #5
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When you copyright, there must be more to it than just putting a "" on it. I assume this is just a bluff or is copyright automatic?
Take a look at these links:
http://www.eff.org/IP/asmp_copyright.paper
http://www.gsu.edu/~lawppw/lawand.papers/KB4.html


For more info, just do a google search for keywords like

"copyright law" photos.
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Old Feb 15, 2004, 7:17 AM   #6
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It's interesting that the first link states clearly that the copyright mark must be (C), not (c), while the second link uses the lowercase 'c' throughout, which just goes to show that, when doing research on the Internet, it's important to read way more than one reference before coming to a conclusion.

In the end, if a person's work needs to be protected by law, it appears the safest way to go is to register that work. This leaves absolutely no question about who owns the work and it leaves no wiggle room for an infringer.
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The first article also refers to 'film' work. The second is more about the 'net' excerpt:

The problem of ``fixation'` as it relates to photo's on the Net will usually arise in the context of whether or not a photograph was ``copied'` by an infringer.[10] Certain ephemeral artworks like the type produced by Christo, have been the subject of controversy in terms of the fixation requirement for copyright protection.[11]


In the context of copyright protection for computer programs the Ninth Circuit held in MAI Systems Corp. v. Peak Computer Inc., that ``copying for purposes of copyright law occurs when a computer program is transferred from a permanent storage device to a computer's RAM [random access memory].'`[12] The court described fixation as ``sufficiently permanent or stable to permit [them] to be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated for a period of more than transitory duration.'`[13] This decision as it relates to photos on the net may be a practical problem of proof. Net photos, like Christo's sculptures, may be here today, gone tomorrow. Consequently the problem will be a whether a ``copyright claimant will be able to provide a court documentary evidence of the copyrightable subject matter.'`[14]

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Old Feb 15, 2004, 11:18 AM   #8
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Notice how all that is pretty much clear as mud?
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Old Feb 15, 2004, 12:16 PM   #9
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mhm. I think it's hard to protect pictures published on the net.

"If you don't want your pictures to be stolen or used by other people, don't publish them."

I read this quote somehwere and it has some truth in it.

I just put my web adress in the framing of the picture, which actually makes it easy to copy the pictures out of the frame w/o any problems.

I think I should change that, too. :roll:

On the other hand I don't want to put big copyrights onto the pictures.

OT: Barbara, one more post and you got the 1k.
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OT: Barbara, one more post and you got the 1k.
Then this should do it! 8)
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