May 22, 2013, Posted by Kevin Mullett in big stuff, internet tools, little stuff, marketing tools, photography, social, speaking gigs

Protecting Your Images on the Web and Tracking Down Infringement

Which social networks respect EXIF and Metadata?The internet affords us an unprecedented opportunity to have our art, designs, images, and photography seen by the World, but unfortunately, to be stolen as well. In this recent presentation I did for Artlink Fort Wayne, I discussed tools and methods for attempting to protect your images. I say attempting because the first thing I have to admit is; if you choose to make an image visible, you have negated the absolute ability to make it unable to be copied. 

No, I don’t go into disabling right click on images, view source hiding, and print screen disabling tricks because those methods give a false sense of protection. They simply will not protect your images from all by the neophyte user.

Since we can’t stop infringement with 100 percent certainty, I highlighted methods and tools for discovering infringement after it happens, and made some suggestions on what to do when copyright infringement is discovered. How do I figure out who is infringing on my image copyright so I can send a DMCA take-down notice, and what is DMCA?

Along the way we discuss copyright, creative commons, fair use, and how distribution into certain social channels impacts your work on a practical level. Do you know what your rights are after you post an image to a social network? Did you know that  Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook remove EXIF/metadata from images you upload while Flickr, Tumblr, and Google+ do not? What does that mean to your copyright ownership status?

Find all of this and more in this presentation. Comments and shares are certainly welcome. 🙂

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