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Title: copyright photos
Post by: inkyminx on January 23, 2013, 04:03:08 AM
Hey guys , how would i copyright my pics on my fp page for my portraits, ?? just for peace of mind really i need to know how to make a copyright label to plaster on all myphotos..  :help:
Title: Re: copyright photos
Post by: NHC50 on January 23, 2013, 05:01:07 AM
inkymix that is a good question. I would like to know that one for the future. WHERE IS  Ray when you need him?  :2funny:
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: copyright photos
Post by: ohio1959 on January 23, 2013, 05:24:01 AM
Good question. I would like to know also. Could you use a program to put a watermark on them?
Title: Re: copyright photos
Post by: musika on January 23, 2013, 05:40:45 AM
Sleeping, probably!  :2funny:

You have automatic copyright when you produce an original work. You don't have to register it or anything like that.

If you want to put a copyright symbol on your digital image (I don't know what fp is. Did you mean FB?) You can do that in a photo program before posting e.g.
Title: Re: copyright photos
Post by: brandy3134 on January 23, 2013, 07:58:45 AM
You can put a copyright watermark on your photos with many photo programs.  One free one is Picassa 3, just google it.  It works well.

The big BUT to this is that people if they want to "steal/use" your photos they still can as they can remove this watermark with an "erase/paint" type tool that is also in many photo programs and I have had that done with a few of my photographs.  It is almost impossible for me without buying some type of expensive program perhaps to do it and KNOW with certainty that no one can "steal" them.
The best place to put a watermark rather than hiding it in a corner is plastering it across say the middle of your photo/painting/etc. where there are a lot of different colours, this makes it harder for people to clone the colours to erase it.
 It was a rotten feeling for me when I found out a commercial real estate site was using one of my photos on their sales site without asking me for permission.  I emailed them and inquired and it was removed really quickly, lol.

On the other hand if you want to paint someones photo, please email them or contact them in some way and ask permission to do it first.  I have done this a couple of times and the people always said yes and I gave them credit for the photo when I posted a picture of my painting.  I just said something like, "thanks to so and so for giving me permission to use their photo as a reference for my painting", and put a link to their photo.

You can also legally register/copyright your work; but I understand it is a costly thing to do. 

Just my 2 cents, good luck and have a great day.
Title: Re: copyright photos
Post by: polliwag on January 23, 2013, 08:00:25 AM
Yep, Just Ask Ray!
Title: Re: copyright photos
Post by: Zach on January 23, 2013, 08:33:48 AM
Just paint/write under your pic, "DO NOT COPY, OR ELSE :hang: "   ;D
Title: Re: copyright photos
Post by: ImBatman on January 23, 2013, 09:37:40 AM
inkyminxAs has been stated, you automatically have copyright, so there is no need for a watermark.
But if you insist on it, just use your photo editing program (whichever that is). And as Brandy said, put it somewhere that there is a lot of detail, but not only that, put it at the focal point ie, the part of the photo that if someone was to crop away, would do the most damage or have to do the most manipulation to perform removal.

The way to do it is in your application, add a new foremost layer and add the text you want there in whatever colour you want and then set the opacity of the layer to however noticeable you want it to be. Obviously the more opaque you make it the less likely the person is going to be able to use the image as is. Only the law or the threat thereof, can truly stop the usage though.

There is one other thing you can to put on the web is us an application to slice the image into pieces prior to publishing. But that increases the amount of stuffing around and HTML etc you need to know. And I don't think you can use that on facebook (if that was what you meant) but on web pages you create you can do that. Means that when someone copies the image, they need to copy it piece by piece and stitch it back together.

And don't forget, as far as I know, there is absolutely nothing in copyright to stop you using an image from anywhere for personal usage. Just so long as you aren't profiting from the use.

Title: Re: copyright photos
Post by: nolan on January 23, 2013, 11:18:59 AM
there are many websites that will let you add a watermark to your photos, just Google "watermark images free", here is one of the sites : (