IPTC - Published Date

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For those of us who copyright our images with the US Copyright Office, we are required to separate our photos into unpublished and published photos. The "published" images must be submitted with their file name, title, as well as the month and year that the image was first published. At the moment it looks like even posting an image online (website, Instagram, Twitter, blog, etc.) is considered "published" (based on a couple of court cases) so we photographers need to somehow keep track of each image and when it first gets posted online. This is a real pain in the neck, but one we must comply with to ensure that our images will stand up in a copyright case. Here is the official description of the procedure: https://www.copyright.gov/eco/help/group/grpph.html 

It would therefore be very helpful if Lightroom had tools to facilitate the submission process or in the very least a field in the IPTC data where we could record the month and year that an image was first published. The ideal place for this new field would be in the IPTC copyright section. I would assume that this would not be that hard to implement, but extremely helpful. I am certain that there are many of us who would benefit from this addition.

Thank you for giving this consideration.
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Erik Stensland

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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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There is other existing metadata that you might be able to use for tracking purposes. For example, when you export/publish from LrClassic CC 7.0, you could pick one of the "All" the metadata export options such as "All Except Camera Raw Info" for example, then the exported photo will always contain a xmp:MetadataDate/ModifyDate that correspond to the export/publish date, which you can use for tracking purposes.

If you open the exported JPEG in Photoshop and show the metadata in the FileInfo dialog, you'll see something like the following,

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Erik Stensland

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That's an interesting possibility. Unfortunately, we use exported files internally for a number of purposes before they are shared publicly.  If we only exported when we were ready for publication, this might be an option though it would be hard to search for with the current LR filters.
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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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Once the image export out of the Lr, it is no longer under Lr's management. I guess at that point, you have to do your own tracking, via other method such as keyword?
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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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I could get behind this. I clicked the [Vote] button!
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Erik Stensland

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Thanks Rikk! I'll see if I can drum up some additional support. 
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Roelof Moorlag

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I voted for this one. All photo management should be possible within Lightroom.