Thanks madach. I've read through the entire policy and unless there is some specific waver when posting on the forums (or anywhere on SANParks website) then the artist/photographer retains full rights to their photo and SANParks only has a limited usage right.
Theoretically the original photographer could sue the owner of these websites for copyright infringement without having to pay SANParks, as the source of the income will be from copyright infringement and there was no intention of a commercial nature when the photographer originally placed the picture on SANPark’s website.
SANParks could sue the owner of the websites for loss of income because if they had gone through the normal channels then SANParks would have gained somewhere down the line.
guys any idea how can I put a watermark/copyright, I've tried one software but loose it when I send the picture to the printer.
Mavusana, unless you want to spend money on professional packages to do the job then there is no easy guaranteed way of doing it. Even with these packages it is relatively easy to remove traces of these watermarks.
Simple answer, not possible.
Difficult answer, read further.
If you want visible watermarks/copyright notices. My suggestions would be to use the Paint program in Windows and merely type a copyright notice (e.g. “© 2009, ceruleanwildfire”) somewhere in the frame.
The downside of this is that most photographers place this notice in the border of the frame, which is easy to remove if the digital image is made available. For this reason most professionals will place this notice right over the subject or in the middle of the frame. This unfortunately ruins the photo but it offers the best protection as it requires a good bit of work and time to remove.
Transparent watermarks, i.e. the raised clear watermark, is usually only available from software packages like Photoshop and the like. Truly invisible watermarks can be achieved through steganography, but the hidden copyright may be lost if the image is modified (depending on the package).
Metadata is your best bet as it remains invisible and unchanged even when the file is modified. However if the contents are copied and pasted or screen captured into a new image then the metadata is lost.