Rights Usage Terms for photographs

It occured to me that many photographers don’t protect their photos. Ok you can’t prevent people from nicking you pics when they are on the web, but at least by putting a notice up you may deter a useful percentage. Rather than adding an ugly stamp across the front of your photos you can also use the photo’s metadata to add a copyright notice.

There are four important fields found in the IPTC section and one of these that I’m going to help you with the legal wording.

1 is Copyright Status…set this to Copyrighted

2 Copyright I put my name…. Peter Bargh

3 Rights Usage Terms… and here’s what I put:
This image is the property of Peter Bargh and protected under UK and International copyright laws. Copying, duplicating, saving as a digital file, printing, publishing in form of media including web, manipulating, transmitting or reproducing without the prior written permission of Peter Bargh is strictly forbidden and would constitute a breach of copyright.
Feel free to copy this and replace my name with yours.

4 Copyright info url…link this to your own site…ideally to a page about your photo copyright. Make sure you add a bit about photos being available, should a potential buyer by looking.

If you use a catalogue program, such as Adobe Lightroom, you can make this, and keywording a much more automated and quick task.

Hope that helps.

11 thoughts on “Rights Usage Terms for photographs

  1. A lot of people don’t know the the newer cameras such as cannon allow you to place your copyright information directly in your camera. Now when ever you take a picture the copyright information is automatically placed in the meta data of the picture.

  2. Many thanks for this Peter. Although I dio copyright my work, I never really understood what to put in some of the boxes in my template in Adobe Bridge. Thanks for helping to clear it up.

  3. I use Corel for managing my images. I am very grateful for this information and for the opportunity to use it. I continue to marvel at how much I can still learn even after all these years. Thanks again.

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