The Book

Everything you need to know to get started protecting, managing, and intelligently sharing your digital images, all in one easy-to-read handbook. Available now in print and electronic editions.

Why do you need to apply copyright to your photographs? Should you really be worried about people stealing your images? How has the legal landscape for photographers changed with the emergence of internet photo-sharing? How do you protect your images while still “getting your work out there?”

In Copyright Workflow for Photographers, copyright attorney Christopher S. Reed answers all of these questions and more, helping you build best practices for copyright registration and management into your existing image processing workflows using the popular Adobe Creative Cloud software suite. There is no other resource better equipped to help you through this essential, yet hard-to-tackle, topic!

Part legal guide, part software manual, this book offers step-by-step guidance on protecting, managing, and enforcing intellectual property rights in images using specific software tools. You’ll learn the most efficient—and painless—methods to protect your images while improving your digital workflow using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Adobe Acrobat.

  • Offers a hands-on, practical perspective, including dozens of screenshots illustrating how to apply copyright to your images using common software tools.
  • Features clear, straightforward instruction from a respected attorney and photographer, whose insights will help clarify the sometimes bewildering world of copyright law.
  • Provides in-depth coverage on a topic that all photographers need to understand but that is not effectively covered elsewhere.


ISBN: 0133904059
ISBN-13: 978-0133904055
Peachpit Press; 186 pages

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Chapter 1: Copyright Basics

Before you try to understand how to protect your digital images and incorporate key copyright concepts into your daily workflow, you need to have some basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of copyright. In this chapter, you’ll learn the basic structure and vocabulary of copyright law.

Chapter 2: Foundations of Copyright Management

This chapter builds on that basic knowledge developed in chapter 1 by discussing some best practices that will help you manage the copyright aspects of your image library and get ready to register your works with the Copyright Office, which helps maximize your rights.

Chapter 3: Online Registration Using eCO

The Copyright Office allows photographers to file applications online for many types of registrations. This chapter provides step-by-step guidance on how to file an application for the two categories that may be filed online.

Chapter 4: Registration Using Paper Forms

Although electronic registration is the preferred (and faster) method to register your images, the Copyright Office still accepts paper forms, and for certain applications, paper forms are required. This chapter walks you through the application process using paper forms. Click below to read Chapter 4 for free from Peachpit Press.

Chapter 5: After Applying for Registration

Once your application is out the door, you’ll receive a registration certificate, a rejection, or perhaps a follow-up inquiry from the Copyright Office. This chapter explains how to deal with post-application questions and refusals to register, and offers some suggestions for keeping well-organized records of your copyrights.

Chapter 6: Sharing, Selling, and Licensing

Once your images are registered, and your records are in order, it’s time to “get them out there”—to license images, sell prints, or just share them with your friends, family, and perhaps the Internet community at large. This chapter offers some best practices for releasing your work online.

Chapter 7: Monitoring and Enforcement

Unfortunately, in today’s world, the odds are pretty good that if your work is online, at some point it’ll get used in a way that you didn’t intend— that’s just an unfortunate reality of the Internet age. This chapter explains your options when that happens and helps you start to develop your own copyright enforcement strategy to deal with infringers.

Chapter 8: Pulling it all Together

The first six chapters offer a detailed walkthrough a workflow for protecting, managing, and sharing your digital images. This chapter will help you tie everything together so you can see how the material you learned in the first part of this book can be incorporated into your image processing workflow.

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