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So, I've been doing personal photography and web photography for my own needs for a number of years. I don't use photoshop, as I rarely touch up photos, but I do have JASC Paintshop Pro 8.

How does one add a watermark to copyright protect one's work without degrading the quality of the work for display? If I want to make sure that a photo of mine doesn't get 'lifted' by others and my credit for such stolen how do I go about such?

I do not have money to invest in any additional software. I am running on Windows XP on a cranky Inspiron 9100 laptop with only 512m of ram. I have access to my digital camera and a scanner for such things, but no special tools.

Enlighten me, please.

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From:windiain
Date:May 19th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
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From:unquietsoul5
Date:May 19th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for pointing me to this information. It is appreciated!
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From:unquietsoul5
Date:May 19th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
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I understand that, I'm fully aware of the concepts in regards to copyright, fair use etc. That's not an issue. I just want to be able to watermark photos in some cases to ensure that they are not misused or that someone else doesn't try to claim ownership.

There have been some issues locally, that I have heard about, with a small local newspaper that is heavily drawing from local blogs and journals for material and not always properly crediting authors or photographers for materials that they are republishing from etc. I figured a basic watermark on photos would be the easiest way to deal with this.

I also have occasionally given permission for folks to use my photos on other websites and tutorials, and just want to be sure that I cover myself in such regards.

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From:sugendran
Date:May 21st, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
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Problem with this method is that you'd have to keep watching the papers. And if you've stuck proper metadata into your image then most papers won't touch it because they know they'll get caught eventually.
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