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On Sun, 04 May 2008 08:00:03 -0700
David Young wrote:
> Charlie Falke asked:
>>Is there any way to watermark the images that is harder
>>to defeat than exif?
> Good Afternoon, Charlie!
> Visible watermarks can be rather easily defeated - not
>much different than the copyright notices you put on with
>Photoshop, or whatever.
> Truly invisible (digital) watermarks mean subscribing to
>a service which monitors (or, at least,say they monitor)
>the net, for abuse Not sure how successful they are.
> Your note caused me to spend hours, yesterday, trying to
>find out more about watermarks; and it seems that most of
>the "invisible" watermarks are visible ...just very
>faint. To me, they'd bother the image, in most cases;
t;and can still be removed by some crafty PS work.
> I guess that any watermark, copyright notice or Exif
>notation can be defeated. Thieves will be thieves.
> The reason for adding your copyright/contact info to
>your photos (EXIF or visible or, better yet, both) is the
>impending implementation of the "Orphan Works" extensions
>to the Copyright Acts of the USA and UK. As these
>countries go, the rest of the world will follow. Orphan
>Works says that any magazine, paper, advertisers and
>other (basically honest) persons who might normally pay
>for a photograph will be able to use your photo without
>fee, if they cannot locate the copyright owner after
>making "reasonable efforts" to do so. Certainly,
>"reasonable effort" would include looking in the EXIF
>data, if there is no visible (c) notice.
> BTW: I'm starting to experiment with ImageIngester
>which comes in full ($40) and a feature limited (free)
> http://imageingester.com/ImageIngester/ii-info.php This
>will add your copyright data (and even convert your raw
>to DNG files if requested) and do some file renaming
>while uploading (ingesting) your photos from your camera
>or card. Not sure, yet, if the renaming (important for
>me) is as good as STAMP v2.8. I have also been talking
>with Chris Klingebiel, the writer of STAMP v2.8, who is
>considering adding bulk EXIF additions for copyright to a
>version of STAMP. Whether he will, or not, is not yet
>decided. I will keep the list posted, on this and the
>results of my experimenting with ImageIngesterPro.
> If anyone has a better idea for protecting our photos,
>I'm all ears!
Hi David and Charlie,
for anyone using Lightroom, the exif can be included - hence probably an address if the right box has been ticked and the information entered once and for all - plus an optional watermark
Hope this helps.
> David Young,
> Logan Lake, CANADA
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