Copyright Notices on Photographs

There has been a lively debate going on over at The Online Photographer over watermarking photographs you post on the internet with copyright notices. My take on it is that someone who is mildly competent at Photoshop can remove the majority of watermarks on images, and so is only a deterrent to the most casual of image thieves.

The real problem is companies using your images for their own profit, without your knowledge or permission. Of course, this is why we have copyright law and civil law suits1 and having a copyright notice on the image is not going to affect it either way, and just adds annoyance to the majority of your audience and is ultimately a waste of time.

  1. No matter what the BPA says, copyright violations should be a civil matter not a criminal matter
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