How to Add a Copyright to Metadata with a Canon 60D

Including a copyright notice is a reasonable first step to take if you want to prevent anyone from using the pictures you take with your Canon EOS 60D without your permission. Anyone who views your picture in a program that can display metadata will see your copyright notice and know who owns the rights to the picture. Obviously, that won’t be enough to completely prevent unauthorized use of your images. And, technically speaking, you hold the copyright to your photo whether you take any steps to mark it with your name. But if you ever come to the point of pressing legal action against the perpetrator, you can at least show that you exercised due diligence in letting people know that you were the creator and hold the copyright.

Your EOS 60D can store your personal copyright information as part of a picture file’s metadatathe extra data that contains your picture-taking settings and the date and time, for example. View metadata for pictures you’ve downloaded in Canon ZoomBrowser (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac).

To turn on the copyright function, take these steps:

  1. Set the camera Mode dial to a Creative Zone mode.

    You can create or modify copyright information only in P, Tv, Av, M, B, or C exposure mode. Rest assured, however, that your copyright information is stored in all images you shoot in either the creative or automatic exposure modes.

  2. Press the Menu button and display Setup Menu 3.

    Use the multicontroller to highlight Copyright Information.

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  3. Press Set.

    Decide what information you want added to your image metadata. A good place to start is to record your name because you are the photographer, after all.

  4. Use the multicontroller to highlight the Enter Author’s Name option.

    Disable tagging later, if desired (maybe the camera is changing photographers), by using the Delete Copyright Information option.

  5. Press Set.

    This step opens the data entry screen.

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  6. Enter your name.

    The upper-left box is where you enter your name. The icons to the right of that box are navigational aids; use the Quick Control button to alternate between the text box to the character-selection area below.

  7. Press Menu to accept your data.

    Press Info to cancel. You then return to the Copyright Information screen.

  8. Highlight Copyright Information and then press Set to add additional copyright data, this time using the Enter Copyright Details menu item.

    Add the word Copyright and the year, for example, or your company name. Just repeat the same text entry process you used to enter your name.

  9. Press Menu to return to the Copyright Information screen.

  10. To check the accuracy of your data, select Display Copyright Info and press Set.

  11. To wrap things up, press Menu one more time.

You can also create copyright info with the EOS Utility software included with your 60D.

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