That's a brilliant idea and I am going to be relaxed and implement it. Thanks for sharing Copy Left with me, I had no idea this group existed.
Do you know how I can put the Copy Left message on my image with my web address. Do I need special software?
I have put the copyright and copyleft info at the bottom of each page of [a href=\"http://www.harrijahkola.com]my site[/url] (in beta). You can also stamp each of your photos with copyright/copyleft messages along with your URL, but I've opted for a simple copyright message - although I'm considering changing that to point to my home page which makes more sense.
I was in the same situation as you a few months ago when I set up my (beta) site, thinking how to "protect" my photos (read: limit access to them). It's easy to get jealous of your photos and think that right-click prevention, watermarks, etc. will make your life better. I came to the conclusion that as a "serious amateur photographer" there's no point in limiting access, and that unnecessarily limiting usage of my photos is just not smart. For professionals it might
be different, but I challenge anyone to give good reasons for that.
Please note that using copyleft doesn't take away your copyright, it merely gives people the permission to distribute and modify your photos, as long as you are fully credited
. I think this is a perfect middle road between strict copyright enforcement - which IMO is overkill - and putting your photos in the public domain - overkill again. With Free Art License you retain your rights and encourage more people to see and use your work - that's the reason why I oped for it.