Do you register the copyright of the product photos you take?

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I'm currently spending a lot of time taking and editing photos of a product line I will be selling online. When I'm finished, these photos will be a lot better than other photos of the same product and I don't want competitors using them. Do you always register the copyright of photos you take? What are your thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author kjamesnv
    I am not a lawyer but my understanding is that you don't have to 'register' your photos to have copyright protection. Just place a copyright label on your pages and document when and where you took the pics.

    If a site violates your copyright you can send a DMCA Takedown notice.
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    • Profile picture of the author irongates
      If you are a professional photographer or a person that requires processing of large number of photos in a daily basis,registering copyright for each and every one of them is not practical.Even though it is said that a photo is copyrighted at the moment you take it,it depends on the country of the person/website who has stolen your photo whether the copyright will be honored or not.

      The best way to copyright photos is by adding a visible watermark in my openion. I never used to do it until my photos started appearing on websites and some facebook pages.Now im using a software called Mass Watermark.It can watermark,resize,add exif to multiple images quickly.Take a look here Photo Watermark Software to Watermark 100s of Images -Mass Watermark its not free though costs $30.i would say well worth the price for the time it saves.

      Plus its not a bad idea registering copyrights occasionally
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  • Profile picture of the author malia
    Registering copyright doesn't have to be done on an individual photo basis. You can use a PDF crawler like Adobe Acrobat Pro or Adobe Create PDF (or whatever) to crawl through your website, grab every page, and register the ENTIRE SITE as a "work" (and the photos become protected as part of that work). I did that for all my sites after getting that advice from an Intellectual Property attorney.

    While you don't technically have to register your copyright with the federal copyright office, in the case of infringement if your copyright is not registered *officially registered w a copyright certificate* you can only collect actual damages, not punitive damages or any of the other monies afforded in the successful pursuit of copyright infringement.

    So to answer your question, I registered my sites in entirety (not individual photos), and I do use DMCA takedown notices for infringement.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbthemummy
    Why don't you just run them through Photoshop Watermark or something. I believe there are a few 'scripts' that can place a watermark on your images (If you do want discourage people from using them and good marketing for you as well).
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    • Profile picture of the author Ace573
      Originally Posted by jbthemummy View Post

      Why don't you just run them through Photoshop Watermark or something. I believe there are a few 'scripts' that can place a watermark on your images (If you do want discourage people from using them and good marketing for you as well).

      I was in Ecommerce many years, had many competitors rip off my pics at the begining. The best way to do it and less hassle way is marking your pics as stated above. But not in a corner where it can be photoshopped off, I used to put it across the product in a very light but still visible mark with my website or business name on it.
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