The moment you’ve created an original photo, poem, video, book, game, blog or other content it is automatically protected by copyright. But that doesn’t mean others will automatically respect your rights.
To help others be more aware and respectful of your right to determine how your content is used, here are some steps to consider before sharing original content online:
The advantage of placing a layer of copyright over the image is that viewers can see the picture clearly but cannot remove the watermark by cropping. Be sure to consider the resolution of the image you want displayed online as well. The lower the resolutions, the less interesting the pic is to steal, so consider the tradeoff between image quality and where it will be posted.
The advantage of a simple drawing program is that you don’t need any special software to add a watermark to your image. Additionally, pasting your image into one of these programs will usually reduce the image resolution without any further work on your part.
Watermarks in documents are easy to create but having a diagonal watermark across your page may at times be more intrusive than you want. Using the footer functionality allows you to enter copyright information that will be added to every page of your document in a less intrusive manner when this is the better alternative.
While these steps will not stop someone from taking your content, it will help remind everyone that the material is protected and that using it without your permission is theft.