How to Tag Files with Your Copyright Claim on Canon Rebel T3 Series Cameras

Including a copyright notice with the photos you take with your Canon Rebel T3 or T3i is a reasonable first step to take if you want to prevent people from using your pictures without permission. By using the Copyright Information option on Setup Menu 3, you can load copyright data into the camera’s brain. Then, whenever you shoot a picture, your copyright information is added to the metadata (extra, invisible data) recorded with the image file. You can view the copyright information and other metadata in the free Canon software.

Anyone who views your picture in a program that can display metadata will see your copyright notice. 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, you can at least show that you did your due diligence in letting people know that you hold the copyright.

To turn on the copyright function, take these steps:

  1. Set the camera Mode dial to an advanced exposure mode.

    You can create or modify copyright information only in P, Tv, Av, M, or A-DEP exposure mode. Rest assured, however, that your copyright information — after it’s created — is stored in all images you shoot in either the advanced or fully automatic exposure modes.

  2. Display Setup Menu 3 and highlight Copyright Information.

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  3. Press Set.

  4. Select Enter Author’s Name and press Set.

    This step opens the data entry screen. Get comfortable as you go through the somewhat tedious steps of entering your name and other information — if you’re an iPhone or Droid user, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time — but until touch-sensitive LCD screens (or voice recognition!) are standard features on digital SLRs, this is about as good as it gets for data entry.

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  5. Enter your name into the box in the upper-left corner of the screen.

    Remember these text-entry tricks:

    • Use the Quick Control button to alternate between the text box and the character-selection area below.

    • The cross keys walk you from character to character in the list.

    • Press Set to enter the current character in the text box.

    • To delete a character, move the cursor just pass the letter and press the Erase button.

  6. After you finish entering your name, press Menu.

    You then return to the Copyright Information screen.

  7. Highlight Copyright Information and press Set to add additional copyright data.

    You might want to 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.

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

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

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

If you tag your files with copyright data, you can later disable the tagging, if necessary, by using the Delete Copyright Information option.

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