- Do not post high resolution copies of photographs taken of your work. Always reduce the size of the image before posting.
- Include a watermark on all of your online images. Consider making the watermark a link back to your online portfolio/website. Additionally, make sure the watermark is prominently placed on your photo, not just in a corner of the photograph.
- Periodically take the time to reverse image lookup your photographs using http://images.google.com.
- Include a copyright notice on your website. Sample notices can be found by doing a simple Google search.
What Do You Do If Your Work Is Stolen?
- Take screenshots and copy the URL of the site where your photographs are found. This is your proof in case the site changes in any way.
- Look up the domain name for the offending website using http://www.whois.net. A domain URL should be provided that will link to the domain host with detailed admin and registrar information. When a registrant is US-based, you are protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
- Locate the host/domain abuse e-mail address and e-mail a cease and desist letter.
- Request that search engines remove the webpages that violate your copyright (Google; Bing).