How big does a watermark have to be to be legally recognized?

Started Jan 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
Starshot
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Re: How big does a watermark have to be to be legally recognized?
In reply to Deleted1929, Feb 1, 2013

sjgcit wrote:

AFAIK a watermark in and of itself does not afford any legal protection. Copyright and registration are what you need for that.

Watermarks are mostly used for two purposes in photography :

  • To mark the images in a way that allows them to be displayed for e.g. sales purposes, while hindering the usefulness of a copy of the watermark image commercially.
  • To advertise the creator and/or owner of the image.
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StephenG

No they do offer legal protection; if someone willfully circumvents a watermark you can sue them.

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