You may notice that I have included a water-mark on this weeks image. Some early readers of Mike Hardisty Photography will remember that I have adopted this option before and later rejected it.
So why bring it back now? I embed copyright information in the EXIF data of all my images but that can easily be stripped out. Post an image to Facebook and the data is stripped. similarly with Twitter. More on that later.
Here in the UK a new law has been passed called The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act.
If you read all the hype around this act, and believe me there’s plenty, what it amounts to is that I no longer own the copyright of any of my images. If this act really is as unfair as everyone says then no matter where you live in the world, your photographs are in effect, no longer copyrighted, as far as the UK Government and businesses are concerned.
Scare-mongering, probably. Before someone can use one of my images they must perform a due diligence search to prove that the work is an “orphan”.
Step back to paragraph two and what happens to the EXIF information. One of the easiest ways of finding an image on the web is to use Google’s Image Search but somehow I can’t see the big corporates who want to use an image doing this. They’ll look for the EXIF see it’s blank and there you go they have an image they can use.
In reality I think that the chances of one of my images, or one of yours, being used without permission is very slim. But as an added bit of security for me I am now going to be water-marking every image that I post to the web. The alternative is that I don’t post any and where would this blog be then without photographs.
I nearly forgot. I’m on the Miners Path at the top of the Llanberis Path looking towards Snowdon. Weather’s not great, shame really…