Importance of watermarking?? or Why Watermark Images?

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    The images displayed openly on the web via image sharing websites or Photography to the threat of piracy and unrestricted use. A person may use your image without your consent in a way that you never wanted to do. Photographers selling their pictures online require image watermark as a means to protect their intellectual properly.Watermark ensure that the copyright owner's name / company logo is superimposed on the images.

    Is there anything more you want to share about Why Watermark Images important?? please share more info about importance of watermark images.....


     
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    I've never bothered. Where I live our internet service is pretty restrictive so I don't use a web service for storing high res photos, as far as I'm concerned the 800 - 1000 pixel images I upload are fair game, I've got the only full res versions so yah boo! to anyone who wants to try an rip them off.
     
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    Watermarking images is not an effective means for deterring unauthorized copying (theft) of online images.

    The only effective deterrent to online image theft is to not put images online. Online image theft is rampant.

    So all we can do is ensure we can clearly establish copyright ownership through effectively adding copyright management information (CMI) to our digital image files.
    Even then that information can be stripped from the image file.

    Here in the US, ensuring you can use the federal legal system to pursue those who infringe our copyrights requires public registration of our copyrights with the federal US Copyright Office.
    Five Things You Can Do to Protect Your Online Images | Photo Attorney
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    Registering Your Copyrights Using the eCO System | NatureScapes.Net ? The Resource for Nature Photographers

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    Keith is correct.

    The only way to prevent unauthorized copying from the Internet is to not put it on the Internet. If I can see it or hear it on my computer and I want it and I'm willing to take it, there's nothing you can do to stop me.

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    I never bother either. I reckon if someone wants it, they'll take it whether it's watermarked or not. I'd rather the images I post online are shown as I intended them - without a big logo across them and take the risk.
     
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    I don't care to watermark my pics, it ruins it and is easy to remove anyways. Worrying about others stealing your work just adds stress.

    You can use reverse search images such as TinEye. But even that I find it to be more unnecessary work.
     
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    Some may elect to use a big watermark to distract from the lack of quality of the.......


    nevermind
     
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    I prefer not to get my pictures wet.
     
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    Thanks a lot for sharing here your thoughts about watermarking...

    With the growing influence of social media sharing sites such as Picasa photos / Flickr images Posting online has become a habit for most of us. These images posted can be misused without your permission, people can copy your pictures and use the claim as their own on their websites or commercial enterprises. We have seen many photographers complain about the same thing in blogs and forums.Digital Photography is a tough business to achieve the best protection in the online world and the time tested way of protecting your images by using visual achieve. Visible trace of translucent Text / Logo, which pays your copyright is overlayed on top of the image to be protected, this ensures that your copyright is expressed.

    A watermark is not only to protect your image, but it is also a way to increase your online popularity that people will come to know you from your photos.
     
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    You're claiming watermarks protect your images?
     
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    There's no need, your image is your image whether it's watermarked or not. The trick is to catch people abusing your images, if you do then it's no problem proving that the image is yours because you have the original, no need for a watermark.
    The trouble that I have with watermarking is that they can be either; subtle enough that it doesn't impact on the image (in which case it's easily removed so there's no point) or unsubtle enough that it irretrivably detracts from the image (in which case the image is compromised so there's no point).
     
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    Watermarking is helpful especially when an image is shared in the sea of the internet where misuse happens. And so when image shared is watermarked with logo or trademark or any other thing, it will be helpful as part of security.
     

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