One of the many techniques they suggest is registering online with the copyright office http://copyright.gov/eco they say that if your image is not registered with the copyright office you can only sue for your actual damages when people steal your images. But, if the image is registered then you can sue for Damages plus legal fees and punitive damages. They say that by going to the website you pay a $35 fee and then you can register as many images as you can upload in 30 minutes. How many images can I upload in 30 minutes I wondered? I have read on wet pixel before that other member copyrighting images had put many quite small files on disc so that they could be all registered for a single fee. This seemed like a great idea. So I fired up Photoshop and wrote an action to shrink the smaller dimension of an image to 480 pixels, and then save the image to a folder named copyright registration. Then close the image as a JPEG with a quality setting of 0. I assigned the F10 key to initiate the action. This resulted in most files being between 20KB and 50KB. They conclude, what are you waiting for?
Next I went to explorer to open the images. I have my images organized into folders and subfolders. When I shoot I usually shot the simultaneous RAW and JPEG so I went to the top and clicked file type to get all the JPEG’s separated from the RAW’s. Then dragged all the JPEG’s in a folder into Photoshop simultaneously (Yeah I paid a bundle to get a lot of RAM and a big Scuzzi scratch drive on my computer) It still takes about 2 seconds per JPEG to open them each so if I have 100 JPEG’s in a folder it might take three min to open them all. It seems to take a little less than a second to complete the action. So I can do a typical folder with 100 JPEG’s in about four minutes total. In about three hours I compressed a Terra byte drive into a 200 Mb folder. I should have about 10 folders like this when I am done. I will report back after I do the upload with a cost per picture to register them this way.
I am jumping the gun and publishing this part early because I am hoping one of the real Photoshop gurus on the board can help us all by telling ma a way to get the action to play without having to press the function key.
Edited by diverdon, 11 September 2008 - 02:20 PM.