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@brownie, that is entirely untrue. Copyright is inherent the moment the shutter is released and it doesn’t matter how much the image is changed, the image is still the property of the copyright owner. There are certain provisions in which images can be distributed for free but not sold. Educational and other fair use purposes notwithstanding. It is probably best to include a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license on your images. This basically says that you can share but not alter my images as long as you attribute the original work to me. Anything beyond that and you’ll have to seek additional licensing. I personally prefer this license over All Rights Reserved because I understand the reality that if I put images on the internet, some of them will eventually be taken and used in one way or another and I would prefer that you followed these guidelines. I also realized that fighting infringements was not only not worth my time but futile. Unless of course, someone profited from my photos, in which case, I’ve got a lawyer for that.

And like I said, it’s good to know the copyright laws and your options for copyrighting your work, but beyond that, trying to fight it is useless. Better to realize that dissemination of your images through social media is the absolute least you can hope for these days.