It’s that time of the year again. If you use Lightroom then you should be using Metadata templates to add copyright info to your photos as you bring them in to Lightroom. Even if you’re not a pro, having the copyright info tagged to all of your photos is just generally a good idea. This info is attached to all of your photos, even when you export from Lightroom, so that where ever your photos go, the copyright notice goes along with it.
Updating is simple. Just go to the Library module. Then go to the Top menu under Metadata and choose Edit Metadata Presets. Select the preset that you want to edit (or create a new one) and change the Copyright year.

Tip: To make the Copyright symbol (©) type:
Mac: Option G
PC: Hold down Alt and type the numbers 0169
NOTE: Don’t forget that your photos are copyrighted the moment you create them. However, if you ever wish to bring a lawsuit against some one, you’ll need to register them with the Copyright Office. Here’s a quote from their website:
“In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work.”
Have a great Thursday!