As visual artist you might want to share your work through publication, exhibition or by sharing on social media. You might want to send your portfolio to a prospect client. What you don't want is that your images show up anywhere on the web or in a magazine uncredited.
The copyrights law is very strict in regard to ownership and to the moment in time a work has been published or exhibited. In case of infringement you need to proof that you are the creator of the work, in which a IdeaPosit dating is a powerful tool. It might even be feasible to use IdeaPosit to date your work en then publish it on your own website or blog; or even on social media, to make it easier to proof that you are the rightful owner. The one who publishes first holds all the cards...
IdeaPosit offers a tool to date and certify the files in your portfolio so you can proof at any moment in the future that these exact files were in your possession at that specific date and time.
Hre's a simple roadmap for using IdeaPosit as as visual artist.
Add copyright meta data to your digital files. Modern digital cameras let you enter copyright meta data that is added to all your pictures "under water". This can ideally be your name or email address. Please consult your camera's user manual for instructions. Make sure that the date and time are also included in these meta "tags". If you are a designer who uses software like Photoshop or Indesign, consult the software manual to learn how to add copyright meta data to your exported image files.
Date and certify multiple digital files in one go - this can be done in two ways:
1 Preferably: make a collage ("contact sheet") of multiple images. Applications like Photoshop and IrfanView (free) offer this functionality. This option let you use just one file and saves credits too!
2 Add multiple images to a zip file. This option is quick and easy, but might be considered a technically complicated way of proofing ownership when you have to defend your rights in court . Nevertheless.., dating and certification of a zip file remains a valid option (also see the following remark).
Offer digital designs in their original file format. E.g. .PSD for a Photoshop file and .IDD for an Indesign file.
Put some thought in naming your files. Include your name and date/time in the filename . A filename like "image23.jpg" is surely less explanatory than "23_rob_johnson_04-21-2018.jpg"
Include the IdeaPosit certificate - or send the generated IdeaPosit zipfile - if you send your files to other people. Just as an extra copyright statement, and "warning".
Register your file through your account page and you'll instantly receive a zipfile with the both the original file and the generated IdeaPosit file certificate. The zipfile is created for your convenience; using or storing it is not mandatory. Keeping the original file and the corresponding certificate in a safe place is what counts. To keep images "browsable" it might be better not to use the zipfiles for that purpose.
If you store your files in the cloud or on a removable haddrive, then add the IdeaPosit certificates to that location.You can extract the certificates from the zipfiles, but also download the separate certificates from your account page, through the certificates history menu.
Photographer Harald Esposito says: "I store the IdeaPosit zipfles on a separate drive, in logically-named folders. Zipfiles are convenient enough for me, if i want to view the original photographs i know where to find them."