Google has had a pretty rough relationships with photographers.
Today it announced a small measure that should go some way toward making image rights holders a little happier.
Google has worked with IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) to add
Credit meta-data whenever found to images on Google Images
IPTC is a standards consortium that constitutes some of the world’s biggest news agencies, including the BBC, Associated Press (AP), Agence France-Presse (AFP), and the New York Times.
Add Copyright Meta-data to Images in Adobe Lightroom
An images copyright tag can be modified in Lightroom via
Library > Metadata > Copyright, Copyright Status, Creator.
Copyright data can also be added automatically to images on import via the ‘Apply During Import’ meta-data panel.
Lightroom will always write copyright meta-data on image export.
Add Copyright Meta-data to Images in Adobe PhotoShop
Photoshop allows modification of meta-data via
File > File Info
Bulk Add Copyright Meta-data Using EXIFTOOL
If you an unafraid of using command line the excellent EXIFTOOL allows you to modify a range of metadata.
If you wish to write copyright to every image in a directly you can use a wildcard
-overwrite_original tag will overwrite the existing file.
-overwrite_original tag will create a copy of your original file with the filename
You can use
exiftool -a -S -copyright * to view the copyright data attached to every file in a directory.
You can use
exiftool -a -S -copyright filename.jpg to display a single files copyright data.
For more information read IPTC standards guidelines