Copyrights indicate that a person owns a certain intellectual property. Although the photographs you create become copyrighted by you automatically, you can still place copyright information on them to indicate that you are the legal owner. Copyright information on photos was legally required before the Berne Convention came into law in the United States in 1989. In the United States, you own the copyright for your lifetime plus 70 years, meaning your children can inherit your copyrights.
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Launch Microsoft Paint. Although there are many image-editing applications available in the market, they all cost money. As you probably already have MS Paint installed on your computer and this application is perfectly good for the task at hand, you do not need to purchase anything. To open MS Paint, click "Start" and then click "All Programs." Navigate to "Accessories" and click "Paint."
Click "File" and select "Open." Alternatively, press "Ctrl" and "O." Choose the photograph to which you'd like to add copyright information.
Click the "Text" button located on the panel on your left. You can identify the button by a capital "A" letter. Then press the square button located at the very bottom of the panel. The square button has three 3D objects on it.
Place the cursor on the place where you want the copyright information to appear. Professional photographers typically place copyright information at the bottom of the photo, though there are variations. In general, place the copyright information wherever you like.
Click and drag the cursor, identifying the place where the copyright information will appear. Select font and its size. Also, choose the colour of the copyright information caption by clicking on the palette located at the top of the window.
Type the copyright information. Put the copyright sign, the current year and your full name. For example, "© 2011 John London." You can copy and paste the © sign from this article.
Download and install Picasa (see Resources section), a free photo-editing software produced by Google. Alternatively, use any other photo- or image-editing software, either free or commercial. The steps for adding copyright information are very similar.
Open Microsoft Word. Select the font and font size you'd like the copyright information to be. Type the copyright symbol, the current year and your full name (e.g., "© 2011 John London") To add a copyright symbol, press "Ctrl," "Alt" and "C." Select and copy the copyright information into your operating system's clipboard (Press"Ctrl" + "A" and "Ctrl" + "C").
Launch Picasa or another photo- or image-editing application. Open the image to which you'd like to add copyright information.
Select the text tool. Click on your image in the place where you''d like to embed copyright information. Paste the copyright information you created in Step 2 (Press "Ctrl" + "V").
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