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Proving Copyrights On Digital Photos

Sun Apr 13, 2003 1:43 am

I searched the forum on this, maybe I missed it. This may seem like a dumb question, but how do you prove that you own the copyright on a digital photo? It's not like a print where you can produce the negative. Sure it's on the memory card, but what about when that gets erased?

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RE: Proving Copyrights On Digital Photos

Sun Apr 13, 2003 2:12 am

Well the original file should contain all the details about the photo, including the camera etc...this is the exif info I pulled with Breezebrowser from a photo in my files:
File: IMG_8035.JPG
File size: 1,714KB
Image Serial Number: 180-8035
Camera Model: Canon EOS D60
Camera serial number: 0420XXXXXX
Firmware: Firmware Version 1.0.0
Date/Time: 2003.01.15 14:38:39
Shutter speed: 1/350 sec
Aperture: 9.5
Exposure mode: Auto
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Single frame shooting
ISO: 100
Lens: 28.0 to 70.0 mm
Focal length: 70.0 mm
AF mode: AI Focus AF
Focus point: [Center]
Image size: 3072 x 2048
Image quality: Fine
White balance: Auto
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Tone: Normal
Custom Functions:
Default settings

If you can produce the original unedited file of a photo you should be able to prove where the photo came from.
 
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RE: Proving Copyrights On Digital Photos

Sun Apr 13, 2003 2:28 am

This is why you shoot in RAW mode- if you shoot jpg mode its a jpg which can be played with- a RAW can only come from one place- a canon DSLR- as long as you hold that RAW file in your hardrive or a disk you can prove it instantly- just like a negative.

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RE: Proving Copyrights On Digital Photos

Sun Apr 13, 2003 2:47 am

2912n, how do you get breezebrowser and how do you get that information? It seems like that information can confirm a photo came from a specific camera. I'm shooting with a D30 in HQ jpeg, and I do have the original files saved on my computer.

I'm still kinda new to the intricacies of digital shooting.

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RE: Proving Copyrights On Digital Photos

Sun Apr 13, 2003 2:58 am

Brian-

All of that information can be pulled up using the supplied Canon software. I find Breezebrowser easier to use tho. It is available on line through this link-

http://www.breezesys.com/BreezeBrowser/

It was recomended here some time ago by D30/D60 users, but you can do the same things with the Canon software.

Tony
 
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RE: Proving Copyrights On Digital Photos

Sun Apr 13, 2003 3:54 am

The important thing is not who has the RAW or JPG, but who owns the camera with the matching serial number. Any file, including RAW, NEF, etc, can be copied or transmitted, but only one person will have the camera with the serial number that matches.

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RE: Proving Copyrights On Digital Photos

Sun Apr 13, 2003 3:58 am

All this data is available from either the RAW or jpg BUT as Joe points out, a jpg has no authenticity as it can be tampered with without detection - a RAW can't. At least it can't in any practical way - I guess any sort of file could be faked by manipulation at binary level with suffcient expertise. However, I'm sure I have read somewhere that a RAW file will be treated as a negative for legal purposes.

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RE: Proving Copyrights On Digital Photos

Mon Apr 14, 2003 5:21 pm

"a RAW can only come from one place- a canon DSLR-"

did you missed something? Big grin

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RE: Proving Copyrights On Digital Photos

Mon Apr 14, 2003 7:19 pm

I perform a small amouint of cropping on most images. Therefore, mine original Jpegs will have at least extra detail that the others don't have. Also, the sequence of what else is available generally proves that there is a legitimate claim on my part.

The RAAF has devised a unique ystem to cover the legalities of original or tampered images. And I must say, is not the way I would prefer it but till the pendulum stops swinging, that's the way they are doing it. Won't go into specifics at this point. Ask me in 10 days when i have time  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Proving Copyrights On Digital Photos

Mon Apr 14, 2003 11:26 pm

Another good reason to use film, you'll always have an original to produce in court (unless the place you store them burns down of course).
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