After the TwitPic photo Terms of Service controversy (see photo copyright update below), I began noticing Instagram users were posting other user’s photos as their own. To help mitigate unavoidable theft of my content, I began watermarking photos. Especially after reading a parent’s photo of their child ended up on a billboard in another country. Kind of like that French website that used my photo in their marketing (without asking).
I like to think watermarking photos reminds one not to use photos without permission and or without giving appropriate credit. Even photos of yourself, credit should go to the photographer. If I buy the rights, I still like to give the photographer credit.
As for watermarking photos, I use Impression Watermarking iPhone app I purchased for $1.99. I think it’s one of the best mobile apps for photos.
I took the above flower photo for my morning Instagram shot. True, the flower is a bit blurry, however, usually social media experts don’t want to steal a blurry photo. Another good strategy to protecting your content is using filters because if someone steals the photo off a website or mobile application, you still have the original.
UPDATE: TwitPic controversy was a misunderstanding. Here’s TwitPic’s Copyright update.