How To Add Copyright Information In-Camera

Do you have your camera set to automatically add copyright information to your images? If not, why not? Digital theft is at an all time high and adding copyright data to your images can add another layer of protection in the event of a dispute.

However, it’s important to know the correct way to add the information to give yourself maximum protection – and most people do it wrong. In this video, I’m not just going to show you how to add copyright information to your images, but what you should and should not do. Plus, we’ll talk about the Artist / Photographer / Author field that you find next to most copyright boxes – and the big mistake people make with it.

Check it out!

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Keyboard Note – The keyboard is a little confusing if you need to make edits to your copyright or artist entry. To move the “cursor” around in the entry field (not in the keyboard area), press and hold the “Zoom out” button as you use the multi-selector. To delete characters, you use the actual delete button (next to the viewfinder – the same one used to delete photos). 

Deleting Metadata – I’ve also had people ask if someone could just delete metadata – and yes they can.

Keep in mind that US law dictates that the moment you press the shutter you automatically own the copyright to the image. You don’t even need to put a notice. The notice is there to tell people who holds the copyright and to prevent them from pleading ignorance if something would come up. It’s like putting a private property sign up – it simply warns someone that they are on private property and shouldn’t be there. They can take it down, but they are still trespassing. 

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Peter

Thank you so much for adding the info about how to use the delete key on the camera to delete info from the copyright field. That was very helpful!

Eddie Wyke.
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Eddie Wyke.

Hey Steve. I have a D5000. It doesn’t seem to have a place in the menu settings for copyright info. Do you have any information about it that may not be my manual?

Sumangala Rajapakse
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Sumangala Rajapakse

My Dear Steve Perry, First of all, Let me Sincerely Wish you a Very Happy New Year. When I bought my Brand New Nikon D 7100 DSLR + NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6 E ED VR Super Telephoto Zoom Lens for my Nature and Wildlife Photography works, I Read well the Nikon D 7100 Manual and followed the Copyright Steps mentioned therein and at the very beginning itself entered all the MetaData for my Image Data Protection. Your Video herein is a great resource to me and I Love your esteemed Back Country Gallery and Youtube site a Lot, I already purchased… Read more »

Paul Blais
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You don’t need to put the information on your image if you submit them to the US Copyright office because you had it when you pressed the shutter. If you don’t submit – you have no remedy even though you had the copyright. Getting remedy is what we care about!

Paul Blais
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Bottom line: The copyright on your camera was your before you pressed the shutter but the remedy for someone stealing it is worthless.

Paul Blais
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There is one additional detail. Should someone steal your image and use an image to the extent you can find out. Say – think they stole Bird Image and put it on a package of retail Bird Seed sold for retail. The idea will be for you to seek Remedy! That means you need to file in US District Court with an Attorney (they need to be qualified) . Unless you have Prior to this submitted your images to the US Copyright Office, the Attorney you want to hire will laugh at you. You are screwed. There is a process… Read more »

Rich Cower
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Rich Cower

Thanks Steve.

Carey Van Loon
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Carey Van Loon

Thanks for the annual reminder!

PJ Heller
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Happy new year, Steve. I have the copyright info in my cameras, but followed your suggestion to include the word “copyright” and “all rights reserved.” I use my name/company name … the only problem is the field isn’t long enough to include the year (or I can add the year and delete all rights reserved). Too bad Nikon doesn’t let you use the copyright symbol.

Jim Wilson
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Jim Wilson

I entered copyright info on my Z60 and Z6, but it is not showing up in the metadata on Photoshop or Lightroom. Copyright is “On” in the setup menu. Any suggestions? thx

Gary Haigh
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Happy New Year Steve, yes, valid point regarding copyright of your images, I have always had this option turned on in the settings as I was once accused of stealing a photo which I actually owned and the copyright tag proved this beyond doubt thus saving me a court case.

Andy Lamberson
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Andy Lamberson

From https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ03.pdf
Copyright notice is a statement placed on copies or phonorecords of a work to inform the public that a copyright owner
is claiming ownership of it.2
A notice consists of three elements that generally appear as a single continuous statement:
• The copyright symbol © (or for phonorecords, the
symbol ℗ ); the word “copyright”; or the abbreviation
“copy.”;
• The year of first publication of the work; and
• The name of the copyright owner.
Example: © 2017 John Doe

Bill McDonnell
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Bill McDonnell

This is fabulous. The details are important. Concise, easily understood and timely, as usual, Steve

Ted Rydstrom
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Ted Rydstrom

Thanks for the reminder Steve.

Lew
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Lew

Works great. Lasts long time.

Vince
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Vince

Good clear info – Great video – as always! Thanks Steve

Bob Hergenhan
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Bob Hergenhan

Good clear information. Thanks

Bob HergenhanHergenhan
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Bob HergenhanHergenhan

Good clear information. Thanks

Saman T-Baduge
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Saman T-Baduge

Steve,
This info is very clear and I value it very much. Good job.

Pierre
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Pierre

Good and simple. I learned that it is better to add “all rights reserved”

Pierre Vellay
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Pierre Vellay

very good and simple advice

Jan M
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Jan M

Thank you for taking the time to prepare and share the Copyright information

Glenda Rowland
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Glenda Rowland

Thanks for the informative video, Steve. I have all your ebooks. My Nikon D500 won’t allow me to type in the full copyright info you prescribed. It won’t allow that many characters in the typing field. How do I overcome this. Have a happy and safe 2020. Look forward to more of your invaluable photography advice.

Guy Harrington
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Guy Harrington

Try again, I think you missed something,I have the D500 and had no problem entering in all the data

John League
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John League

Thanks for the reminder and the info about adding info to the copyright box.

Dale Elliott
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Dale Elliott

some great information Steve, I did it when i read my books but for got to go back and change date. and add the extra information thanksDale

Tom Garrison
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Tom Garrison

Great Video Steve and now we all need to remember each year to update the year in our cameras

Murli
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Murli

Great tip, Steve. Thank you. So we don’t have to actually register our copyright? Right? LOL. What we are essentially stating is that “This image belongs to xxx, and hence be warned that using it without xxx’s express permission can render you liable under the Copyrights Act” Why the year? I have seen your comments and that of others too, but still confused. The year (probably) must be added IF we register it, so that every one knows the validity, or when the copyright would expire. But adding a year in the “Warning” notice, without registration? Well, as has been… Read more »

Jeff King
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Jeff King

Happy New Year, Steve! Thanks for the timely and informative video! Prompted by reading all your books and your excellent YouTube field test camera review, this “outdoor photo hobby Enthusiast” just upgraded to a Nikon D7500 (within budget allowance). I can’t wait to put it through its paces, as you did!

Thanks for increasing my confidence by expanding my photography skill set, fun and enjoyment!

steve Jones
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steve Jones

Only thing you forgot steve was that if you camera is stolen and the serial number removed you may get lucky and be able to show the police your name in the copyright file to prove its yours .

Matthew Davidson
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Matthew Davidson

Do you know of any easy way to quickly change the names in the “artist” and “copyright” fields? My wife and I share cameras and it would be very convenient to be able to change the names when we change cameras. Would make processing and organizing much easier.

Gary
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Gary

Thought I had this covered, nearly but not every angle
Always learn from Steve, the , and the copyright reserved I missed, and comma
Thanks again Steve !
Regards,
Gary

Praveen Jassal
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Praveen Jassal

Hello Steve, can the photograph’s metadata be deleted? Assuming yes, is there anyway to prevent the copyright data from being deleted?

Thank you for your insightful information.

Dale Maas
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Thanks Steve, I needed that little push 😉

brendon White
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brendon White

Hi steve, i bought my D7200 second hand but im not sure how to erase the former owners name in the copyright section. The keyboard doesnt show a backspace button, or one i recognize?

Douglas Roe
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Douglas Roe

Steve have a great New Year! I just love these little tips (mine was setup right). These cameras keep getting more complicated. I had a Sony and the menu system made the camera not usable, You would think that cameras would be getting more usable, instead it has gotten worse. This is why camera companies are losing there sales, and camera companies “Nikon” do not listen to there users at all

Craig Niedzielski
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Craig Niedzielski

Thanks, Steve, and Happy New Year. I just finished your Exposure & Metering book–the things I thought I knew, but I do now! I’ve read all your books, and they have really helped me up my game. Your photos, by the way, are sick. Cheers!

Darrell Williams
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Darrell Williams

Thanks Steve, very much appreciated.

Shaunie P
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Shaunie P

Thanks again Steve, awesome.

Baz
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Baz

Thank you Steve for the video and the great tip , I I have a question, what Is the different between image comment and copy right information in the camera menu. Thank you and happy new year.

dennis larrisey
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dennis larrisey

how to check if my photo is coyrighted if I don’t have photoshop?

dennis larrisey
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dennis larrisey

how do I check if my photo is copyrighted if I don’t have photoshop?

Sumangala Rajapakse
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Sumangala Rajapakse

My Dear Steve Perry – Let Me Sincerely WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020 – Good Health and Happiness Be there for Ever to do more extra-ordinary works for the betterment of Nature and Wildlife Photography. By the way watched the very interesting video and got a very clear understanding about the latter part that most doesn’t do..including copyright section details. Even Myself just typed the ARTIST section details in the past. But now I am well aware of the process and Thank you very much for the very nice work. I am always following your esteemed Back… Read more »

Andy Work
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Andy Work

I didn’t know about the “all rights reserved” part. Great info, thanks for sharing!

Garrett Winslow
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Interesting… You don’t register with the US Copyright Office! I would think the theft of your images would be an issue. That’s money left on the table?

Mike Goldstein
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To delete old info or misspellings, highlight the offending character and hit the trashcan button. This may be obvious to everyone but sure wasn’t to me. 🙂

Randy Kahn
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Randy Kahn

Thanks for the video information. I noticed that just underneath the “Copyright information” on the setup menu on the Nikon D500, there is “IPTC.” I know this is related somehow to metadata, but just what is it and is it important? If so, how do I use it or set it up? Thanks!

Nick
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Nick

Thanks for this Steve. Does this data transfer from our .NEF files into Jpegs when we export from lightroom? Do we have to do something special when exporting?

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Peter Brackenbury
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Peter Brackenbury

Thanks Steve, another useful video giving information that many of us would not normally concern ourselves with. However, I shall certainly be following your advice on this matter from now on.

Winston Shaw
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Steve, I started my computer today and a reminder popped up telling me to update the copyright info on all my cameras. I then checked my email and found your very useful tips on filling in camera copyright info. As you stated in your video might be the case I had mine filled in incorrectly. So thanks! And thanks again for your review of the Nikon D500. I’d been considering buying one and on the strength of your review made the leap recently. To say I am impressed with the camera would be to understate, quite simply I love it.… Read more »

William McGinnis
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William McGinnis

I had never done this so thanks for the kick in the pants. By the way, do you have to go in every year and update the year information or does the camera software automatically make that update every year?