If you are taking the time to create unique images with your camera, scanner and computer, why not put a copyright on it? It is very easy to do in Adobe Photoshop or Bridge and these simple instructions will show you how.
Adobe File Info
This menu is from Adobe Bridge, which is a heavy duty file browser or a light weight image editor, depending on your point of view. The version used for these instructions is CS3, but the steps are the same up to the current CS5. Both the Bridge and Photoshop have a menu item named “File Info” under the File Menu. In CS4 and CS5 the menu itself will look different due to the use of Flash to build the menu itself, but all of the items in the menu should remain the same.This is the starting point for adding a copyright. If you would like to edit a few at a time, the ctrl and shift short cuts for multiple selections work.
These simple but important steps let everyone who wants to use your image know it is copyrighted and how they can get in touch with you to ask permission for use. If you are thinking it would have been nice to know this before, but now you have thousands of images to change, check back in the future. I will be writing some quick instructions on how to bulk edit metadata using some simple code soon.