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Amongst all the other metadata that's stored with your image, there's also a copyright field, where you can put your name, and copyright information. You can add this metadata using your image editor, but you can also configure your camera so that copyright gets added to every single image that you shoot. Having your copyright included with your images provides you a pretty good amount of legal protection, should you find that someone has used an image without your permission. You can enter your copyright information directly on the camera by going into the menu system, and going over here to the very last setup menu. There is an entry called Copyright information.
By going here, I get a few options. I can't right now display copyright info, because I have not entered any. I can enter my name, I can enter my copyright details, or I can delete everything. I am going to go in here to Enter author's name, and I've got two fields here. Right now this is showing me my name, but I don't have anything in there. So I need to get down here to where I can select letters, and I do that with the Q button. That's what this little icon is showing me here; that pressing Q will swap back and forth between fields. You can see that this field is highlighted, because it's got a blue box around it.
So I am going to press the Q button to come down here, and now I just go through the tedious process of either turning the wheel to move around, or navigating with the joystick to come in here and spell out my name. So I am just going to go that far for now. Note that the trashcan button over here works as a backspace, so if you make a mistake, you can just do that. When you're done, you either hit the Info button to cancel, or the Menu button to accept this.
You don't use the Set button; the Set button is how you pick a letter. So I am going to hit the Menu button, and that should save my name. Yes; now I can say display copyright info, and you see the author is set. So I would also like to enter copyright details. Same interface here, but what I'm going to do here is spell out copyright, and the year, and probably a copyright symbol, and all of that kind of stuff, and put all of that stuff in here.
Actually, they don't have a copyright symbol, so I will probably use parentheses and a c to do that. The correct syntax is copyright, parentheses with a c in it, the year, and that's all you need, because you have got your name in the other field. So when you're all done, again, it's going to be Menu for accepting it. And now if I display my copyright info, I see I have got both of those. This information is going to be embedded in the metadata of every single image that I shoot, for as long as the camera survives.
So if you ever give your camera away, or sell it, or something like that, you are probably going to want to delete your copyright information. So I just come in here, and confirm that I want to delete it. Otherwise, it's going to be embedded in all of the images that the next person is going to shoot. You know, if you think they are a really good photographer, maybe you want to leave your copyright information in there, and you know, pick up some free images. But then you are running the risk that they are a bad photographer, and your name is getting put all over bunch of lousy images. Anyway, that's all in here. You can read this information inside any EXIF capable image browser or image editing program.
If you think this interface is a drag, that's because it is kind of a hassle. You can do the same thing using the EOS utility software that's shipped with your camera. It's got a place where you can enter copyright information, and then just download it directly to your camera. You will probably find that's quite a bit easier.
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