My copyright logo. Should we really be using them on our work? Is there a better option?

Copyright Logos, should we use them?

To copyright or not to copyright, that is the question.

Copyright logos while annoying do serve a purpose. What is that purpose? Simple, it’s to allow relevant property like images to have protection from theft. It also acts as an identifier to everyone viewing the content that it has protection and who the owner is.

Although most countries grant copyright once the work is complete. Many people believe they should advertise this. To deter would-be thieves from stealing their work (this is usually in the form of a copyright logo).

But in the 21st century, is there a point to these old stamps. Let’s dive in and find out what’s good, what’s bad and well I’d say what’s ugly but I can answer that now. Most of the copyright logos in the world…

Why should I be using copyright logos?

I’ve managed to think of four good reasons but some of them are up for debate which I do encourage by the way. Anyway, first, they deter the most basic form of image thief. The type of person who goes online sees an image and then tries to download it and use it. When people like this see a copyright logo they panic and fall off their tracks like a derailed train. Most people aren’t defeated without a fight in the modern day. So don’t worry we will be coming back to our image thief friends in a little bit.

Using copyright logos also offers you a certain amount of advertising in the world. In most cases for free. This is if the pesky image thieves used your image. Without caring about the repercussions. (Side note: Let me know if you would like to see an article about this). Other than free advertising though. Using copyright logos allows you to build brand identity for yourself.

In some creative work. Seeing a copyright logo on a piece of work means you’re dealing with some form of professional. So, why not join in on this? Increase your level of professionalism by adding copyright logos to your work.

Why shouldn’t I be using copyright logos?

Let’s check back in on our image thieves. So, the copyright logo deterred the basic thieves but what about the more advanced ones. Well, they could crop out the logo and then re-upload the photo without the logo. Or, depending on the image and their skill level they could use Photoshop to remove the logo. While both do break the law, most people aren’t willing to threaten legal action or don’t know how. Thus, image thieves get away with it.

Outside of copyright logos, there is another option. Embedding the copyright information into the file’s metadata! This does need some knowledge and experience in Photoshop or an equal piece of software to do. But this method is harder to identify without knowing how and can be hard to remove. If you need another reason to do this. Then, if you do ever take legal action against someone using your image, here is your proof that you own the image.

This last one is subjective, so you might completely disagree with me. But, I think that copyright logos can ruin photos when you look at them. Most of the time a copyright logo should be small enough so it doesn’t overpower the image but big enough so it’s visible.

In conclusion

Using copyright logos won’t protect yourself from most image thieves in the world. If they want your image they will find a way to get it. Meaning the only true way of stopping someone from stealing your work is to not upload it at all. Not to mention that in some cases it can ruin the look of your work.

But, they are still worth using to give some deterrence to the more basic image thief. But also add to the defenses from the more advanced thief. If they want my image for free, then I’m going to put up a fight! This is what I recommend others do to. If you’re interested in an article on methods of protecting your work then let me know.

I hope this article has helped you decide whether to put copyright logos on your work. If it hasn’t or you need more information then hit me up either in the comments, in an email or over on twitter. If you’re interested in reading more then check out my blog and until next time.

Thanks for reading

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