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Amongst all the other metadata that's stored with your image, there is 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. To enter your copyright information go into the menuing system, and here in the Setup menu, the one with the wrench, is something called Copyright information, which defaults to off, which means no copyright information will be stored in any of your images.
I am going to come in here and I can enter two different things--Artist, which is actually just your name, whether or not you're an artist. So I am going to just enter my name here, and you can see that I am just scrolling around the alphabet here with my selector here and then pressing the middle button to choose a letter. When I get it the way I want it, I hit the OK button and that takes me back out here, and then I can come down here and enter Copyright. So what I would want to do here is actually write out copyright and then the year.
Once I get those entered, I hit OK again. And now I need to explicitly tell it to attach copyright information to the images that I shoot. So, after I've defined this, I can actually turn this on or off if I want. I can of course tag images with my copyright information in postproduction using my image editor, but this really saves me a step me in post. This ensures that everything I shoot with my camera will automatically have my name and copyright embedded in the file. If you ever sell your camera, you want to be sure and turn this off and make sure these are deleted; otherwise, someone else is going to be shooting images with your name on them, and there's no guarantee they're going to be as good as your images.
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