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Social Media Networks Strip Your Metadata

I am a Photographer and in this digital, social networking world that we live in I work equally hard to protect my intellectual property as I do in creating it. That is why I never upload my images to sites that do not expressly recognize my copyright or attempt to devalue it with their own terms, and I advocate all media and content creators do the same. The following is an article written by David Riecks, leader of the Photo Metadata Project, reposted from the Library of Congress’s Signal blog with permissions, that highlights some of the dangers inherent in posting your images to social networks.

Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother

Storing information about your images inside the image itself provides a number of useful benefits. Digital photographers may refer to this as embedded photo metadata or just metadata for short. For professional photographers it’s an easy way to let potential publishers know they took the photo and how to contact them.

Storing this information inside the image can’t prevent others from misusing the information but it can help others know more about the image: who is pictured in a photo, what they are doing (and maybe why) as well as where and when it was taken. However, all of those benefits are lost if this metadata doesn’t “stick” to the image as it travels from one computer to another and onto the web. Read the rest of this entry »