Lightroom: Use network date for default copyright?

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Dear Gods of Lightroom,

Every year lots of people change their copyright from (c) Copyright 20xx to (c) Copyright 20yy.

Could copyright not have one or two defaults that can just be clicked? E.g. the norm seems to be (c) Copyright . There may be a couple of others you know about.

Why? 1) I'm forgetful and don't do this every year. 2) I'm lazy. 3) I always make a mess of an unpracticed annual event.

Thank you,
John
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John Samuel

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A couple of complications: 
  • Copyright requirements varies by country.
  • In the US the correct format of a copyright varies by whether a work has been published or not. 
Though I am not a lawyer-and this is not legal advice, and IF my memory serves, the year of the copyright (in the US) does not require a year until publication at which time the clock starts ticking. The vast majority of users images do not fall into this category and do not need to update their metadata presets for the passing of a calendar. 

The US Government produces a nifty PDF on this:https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ03.pdf and I pretty sure other jurisdictions do as well. 

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John Samuel

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The UK's is here.
https://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/p03_copyright_notices

Lightroom is aware which country it is in. And the UK recommendation is pretty international for the Anglosphere. 
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John Samuel

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A number of cameras, e.g. my Fujifilm X100F, allow you to set a copyright string in the EXIF. In extremis there may be some debate about when publishing occurs. But, as an implementable idea, the capture year may be acceptable.
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It would definitely be handy in some circumstances, but it would be an issue when you're importing old photos. 

Interesting, Rikk - I hadn't heard that about when the year becomes important.
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The ambiguous part is defining when an image is "Published". Magazines were easy. Is Twitter a publish? Email a publish?
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it would be great if we could sync all our photos and have them copyrighted on the public ledger.