How to Tag Rebel T6i/750D Files with Your Copyright Claim

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

By using the Copyright Information feature on your Rebel T6i/750D’s Setup Menu 3, you can add copyright information to the image metadata (extra data) recorded with the image file. You can view metadata in the Canon software.

Including a copyright notice is a reasonable first step to prevent people from using your pictures without permission. Anyone who views your picture in a program that can display metadata can 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 or not you mark it with your name. But if you ever come to the point of pressing legal action, you can 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 P, Tv, Av, or M.

    You can create or modify copyright information only in these modes. However, your copyright information (after it’s created) will be added to images you shoot in any exposure mode.

  2. Display Setup Menu 3 and highlight Copyright Information, as shown on the left.

    Tagging files with your copyright notice lets people know who owns the rights to the picture.

    Tagging files with your copyright notice lets people know who owns the rights to the picture.

    You see the screen shown on the right.

  3. Choose Enter Author’s Name.

    This step opens the data entry screen, shown here.

    Enter your name and other copyright information that you want tagged to your images.

    Enter your name and other copyright information that you want tagged to your images.
  4. Enter your name in the text box.

    Your fastest and easiest option is to use the touchscreen‐enabled keyboard: Just tap the letters you want to enter. Tap the symbol labeled Caps/lowercase/numbers in the figure to switch the keyboard from displaying all uppercase letters, all lowercase letters, or numbers and symbols. To move the cursor, tap inside the text or tap the arrows at the end of the text entry box; to erase the character to the left of the cursor, tap the Erase icon, also labeled in the figure.

    If you don’t want to use the touchscreen, use these button‐based ­techniques instead:

    • To alternate between the text box and the character‐selection area below, press the Q button.

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    • To select a character, use the cross keys or Main dial to highlight it.

    • To enter the highlighted character, press Set.

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    • To delete a character, press the Delete button. It works like a Backspace key. Switch to the text box and position the cursor in front of the characters you want to delete.

  5. Tap the Menu icon or press the Menu button to return to the screen shown on the right or Info to cancel.

  6. Choose Enter Copyright Details to add more copyright data.

    You might want to add the year and possibly a web address, for example, or your company name. Just repeat the same text entry process you used to enter your name. (You don’t need to enter the word Copyright — it’s added automatically.)

  7. Tap the Menu icon or press Menu to exit the text entry screen.

  8. To wrap things up, tap or press Menu one more time.

You can disable copyright tagging by choosing the Delete Copyright Information option that’s shown on the right. (The option is unavailable, as in the figure, until you add copyright data.)