I was lately wondering how I could add copyright/creator information easy to my pictures. First I thought after some reading I could have my camera do it for me, but sadly it’s only available on the more expensive cameras. So how we can still do it without much pain? The solution is easy, it’s ExifTool. With it you can easily add Exif/IPTC information to your photos.
ExifTool is a commandline tool for Windows, OSX, Linux and more. On the website you find packages for Windows, OSX and on Linux/others use your package manager. Once installed, it’s an easy task. Open a commandline, navigate into your photo folder, and issue the following command:
exiftool -by-line="[your name]" -CopyrightNotice="¬© [your name] ; Licence: Creative Commons cc-by-nc-sa 3.0 United States (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/)" -artist="[your name]" -Copyright="¬© [your name] ; Licence: Creative Commons cc-by-nc-sa 3.0 United States (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/)" -v0 -progress -E -overwrite_original *.JPG
The command overwrite the original files, if you don’t want that remove the “-overwrite_original” parameter. And yea, don’t forget to insert your name and change the licence to one of your liking. And if you want process whole folders recursive, then add the parameter “-r” to the line.
You wonder why all the stress ? Well, this way people can tell who made the picture and for what they can (not) use the picture. This especially interesting if you post them public like on G+, Flicker and so on where they can spread uncontrolled. Also it helps you tracking them (unless someone remove the infos).