Add or Update Your Lightroom Copyright Year!

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Happy New Year all, it’s time to create or update your Lightroom copyright year in your Import preset!

Why add copyright?

Copyright information in your image metadata lets people viewing images that you have shared online contact you to pay you a million dollars to use your image.

Ok ok, maybe not a million dollars, but at least ask permission!

Unfortunately, adding your copyright into your metatdata doesn’t ensure an enforceable claim against someone stealing your image. For that you need to submit your images to the U.S. Copyright Office. That said, per the U.S. Copyright Office “Applying a copyright notice to a work has not been required since March 1, 1989, but may still provide practical and legal benefits.” 

So, it’s worth doing.

Note that this information is recorded in your image metadata along with the date, camera, lens, ISO, shutter speed, aperture etc. It does NOT display ON the image – that’s a watermark. 

How to add copyright using Lightroom ClassicApply during Import subpanel

The easiest way to add copyright using Lightroom Classic is to use a metadata preset on import, although you can also add it later in the Library module.

Per the U.S. Copyright Office, it should be formatted with the copyright symbol © or the word “Copyright,” the name of the copyright owner, and the year of first publication (e.g. Copyright Rebecca Benoit 2018).

Please watch the video for guidance on:

  • Creating and updating a copyright metadata preset to apply to photos and videos as you import them
  • Applying your copyright to images already in your library

As always, let me know if you have any questions. 

Creating and updating copyright in Lightroom Classic from Rebecca Benoit – Pixelegacy on Vimeo.