When i first started to post my images online i used to put a big watermark across the whole image right through the middle and thought i was protecting my images. After a while i started to read lots of articles and listened to many differing opinions on the subject. I then made myself a custom brush for a one click solution on a separate layer i was able to position and re size the watermark to the desired position.
I then formed the opinion that if anyone really wanted to steal my online images they could fairly easily remove the watermark without to much problem, so i decided i just would not use a watermark at all.
Well after watching a episode of The Grid Live with Scott Kelby and crew my opinions have changed once more ! Watch the episode for yourself and see what you think. They make a pretty good case to have a small watermark , which is also good for branding, as if its removed it shows intent to defraud and may make it easier to enforce your copyright.
You have to understand that they are in America and will talk about having to register your image with the copyright office , which is not require in the UK at least. You automatically own the copyright to the image the moment you capture it.
Makes for a interesting debate, what are your thoughts....?
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