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How do photographers get a copyright for the pictures they take? Is there a free service to do so?

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  • Sumi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    First off, where on the Earth do you live?  Every country has different laws. This is the internet, and it's open to the entire world.

    Assuming you're in the United States, you do not need to do anything. The US copyright laws state that whoever took the picture automatically owns the copyright to that image.  Even if you were to steal a camera, you'd still own the copyrights to any and all images you had taken.  You only need to prove that you took the image.  This can easily be done by a variety of ways.

    One way is by presenting the high-res original or RAW file.  Therefore, you should never upload a full-resolution image to the internet.

    Furthermore, when comparing files, only the original owner would have the older file (i.e. the file with the older creation date). 

    Some cameras can add copyright data to the file's EXIF data.  You can also do this within Lightroom and other programs.

    There are also programs that can embed copyright data into the image itself.

    A watermark is probably the most common thing to do.  However, it can be removed by cloning or cropping the image.  Plus it can be a major distraction.

  • 1 month ago

    all you have to do is put a logo or sign your name somewhere small...got a logo for your brand..stamp it on the ones you put online

  • 1 month ago

    Check out the link below

  • 1 month ago

    they keep the original which shows it was theirs and the only publish the pictures with a copyright notice

    you could send copies of all you photos to be held by a lawyer in the event of a dispute

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