How to Copyright a Photo on Photobucket

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How to Copyright a Photo on Photobucket
A watermark can be used to copyright photos on Photobucket. (copyright image by cam422 from

Photobucket is a free image hosting service that allows users to upload their photos for public display on the Internet. Currently, Photobucket does not have an option that allows users to claim a copyright on their photo, but under U.S. copyright law the person who takes the photo automatically claims the copyright. If you wish to make a visible copyright watermark on your photo to prevent others from using your photos without credit, this can be done using layering with photo editing software.

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Things you need

  • Editing software with layering capabilities
  • Digital Photos
  • Photobucket account

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  1. 1

    Open the photo you wish to watermark in your editing software.

  2. 2

    Create a new blank layer on top of the photo.

  3. 3

    Create your watermark. You can have a copyright symbol with text (IE: Your name, all rights reserved, etc.), an image, or virtually anything you want for your watermark.

  4. 4

    Change the opacity of the watermark layer until you are satisfied with the watermark's appearance.

  5. 5

    Save the photo as a new filename so that you don't leave save the watermark on your original file. Upload the watermarked file to your Photbucket account.

Tips and warnings

  • If you upload photos to a public domain on the Web, anyone has access to them. If you don't want others to access your photos, consider creating a private account visible only to yourself.

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