Metadata Practices Survey

Posted on 2/7/2018 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

Lamark is doing a survey on metadata practices to determine what photographer are doing to try to protect their images from unauthorized use. I urge all photographers to complete this short survey. This data will help Lamark devise better and easier to use systems that insure that photographers will be properly paid when their images are used.

The results of the survey will help Lamark to better educate photographers on the available options for protecting images and which might produce the best results in certain situations.

Today, it is virtually impossible to prevent your images from eventually appearing on the Internet. Even if you only deliver prints to customers there is a good chance the customer will eventually post a digital copy of the image on his own Internet site. Once that happens someone else may see the image, decide they also want to use it and make a copy of the digital file.

If your goal is to license use of your images, then it is almost mandatory that you place them on the Internet. Given that it will be necessary to put them there in one form or another it is probably best to use some metadata technique to, at least, make sure that a potential user can at find you to ask permission.


Copyright © 2018 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-251-0720, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of www.selling-stock.com, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  

Comments

  • Dale Wilson Posted Feb 7, 2018
    There is simply no way to stop the "right click-download" or screen capture. Even with metadata embedded, it is, again unfortunately, very easy to strip it.

    Again, misinformation, has the vast majority of public thinking they can lift an image from the web, reproduce it on their social media platforms, and be protected under "fair use and DMCA" legislation.

    And then to top matters, we now have lawyers that are having some success defending hos who lifted the image under the guise of "extortion."

    One agency I was represented by insisted all copyrights be registered with the Library of Congress. Only then was it possible to file a civil suit in the courts that made it financially worthwhile to pursue.

    Personally, I don't think any amount of metadata will curtail or restrict the lifting of images. Might make it easier to prove ownership, but only if the SOB that lifted it doesn't know how to strip the metadata which is highly unlikely.

    I believe, in addition to solid metadata and copyright registration, it is in the best interest of freelance photographers to leave the policing to others. I don't know all the details, but I believe ArtistDefense.com only charges a fee if they successfully collect and then a predetermined percentage based on the amount collected. They are a web crawling service, much like Getty's PicScout.

Post Comment

You must log in to post comments.

Stay Connected

Sign up to receive our FREE weekly email listing new stories posted.

Follow Us

Free Stuff

Future Of Stock Photography
If you’re a photographer that counts on the licensing of stock images to provide a portion of your annual income the following are a few stories you should read. In the past decade stock photography ...
Read More
Blockchain Stories
The opening session at this year’s CEPIC Congress in Berlin on May 30, 2018 is entitled “Can Blockchain be applied to the Photo Industry?” For those who would like to know more about the existing blo...
Read More
2017 Stories Worth Reviewing
The following are links to some 2017 and early 2018 stories that might be worth reviewing as we move into the new year.
Read More
Stories Related To Stock Photo Pricing
The following are links to stories that deal with stock photo pricing trends. Probably the biggest problem the industry has faced in recent years has been the steady decline in prices for the use of ...
Read More
Stock Photo Prices: The Future
This story is FREE. Feel free to pass it along to anyone interested in licensing their work as stock photography. On October 23rd at the DMLA 2017 Conference in New York there will be a panel discuss...
Read More
Important Stock Photo Industry Issues
Here are links to recent stories that deal with three major issues for the stock photo industry – Revenue Growth Potential, Setting Bottom Line On Pricing and Future Production Sources.
Read More
Recent Stories – Summer 2016
If you’ve been shooting all summer and haven’t had time to keep up with your reading here are links to a few stories you might want to check out as we move into the fall. To begin, be sure to complet...
Read More
Corbis Acquisition by VCG/Getty Images
This story provides links to several stories that relate to the Visual China Group (VCG) acquisition of Corbis and the role Getty Images has been assigned in the transfer of Corbis assets to the Gett...
Read More
Finding The Right Image
Many think search will be solved with better Metadata. While metadata is important, there are limits to how far it can take the customer toward finding the right piece of content. This story provides...
Read More
Where Is The Stock Photo Industry Headed?
For new readers, or those who may have missed some of what I have written over the last few months, the following are a list of stories worth looking at to get a sense of where the industry is headed.
Read More

More from Free Stuff