Astrid Bovell on May 31st, 2013
So last week while we were talking about copyright and memes we thought we’d give you all some tips on how to protect your work in the digital wilderness. Piracy is rampant on the net, let’s be honest, and while you can never guarantee that your work won’t be lifted, there are things you can do to make it less likely to be pirated and things you can do so that if your work does get pirate-napped, that people can easily find out where it’s come from.
5 quick tips for protecting your work:
1. Include a copyright statement
While content is protected by copyright as soon as you express it in a material form and you don’t NEED to have a copyright statement, having a copyright statement does help to remind people that the work is under copyright.
2. Include contact details
Easy but worthwhile – if you include contact details, someone might contact you to use your work. If you don’t include contact details, then you have no hope of someone contacting you to use your work.
3. Include a watermark
Including a watermark means that your details will be in the image and go where it goes. It’s true that someone can edit out the watermark, but that’s an awful lot of trouble to go to just to use the image, a pirate is more likely to source a different image and someone that really wants YOUR image, is likely to contact you for a clean version. The watermark doesn’t have to appear across the middle, but it helps to make it difficult to cut out and you can adjust the opacity of the watermark to make it less intrusive but still visible.
By including metadata in your image file, people will be able to view that information when they right click on your image and view the “image info”
5. Use a low res version
By altering your image size to keep the resolution of your image low, you can include an image that looks okay for your use on your page, but looks terrible if someone tries to blow it up larger or shrink it. By making the image useless for someone wanting to change the size (to put it on a t-shirt for example) you make your image less appealing to steal. If someone really wants to blow your image up for a t-shirt, by adding your contact details to your image, it’s easy for them to contact you for permission.