When it comes to photography these days, cropping your pictures makes
good sense. You make your piece of art, and put it on your website. Hurrah.
Then one fine day, you see your piece of art somewhere else it shouldn't be
seen. On another website, on a postcard or in a brochure - you name it. And
on top of that someone else claims that they hold the rights to your picture.
Then what. How can you prove that your the righteous copyright holder. Well
if you tend to battle it out in a court of law, not only to prove that you own
the rights, but also to justify a large amount of money getting in to your pocket
- you need proof.
Thank heaven for cropping. You crop your pictures - all of them, right?! Good.
Now I'd say that the one person claiming to hold the right to your picture/pictures
have a problem here. If you produce the missing part, namely the part of the
picture of the non cropped "original" and now ask the other person to do the
same, now he's going to have some kind of real trouble here. So crop, crop, crop.
Did I forget to tell you to take a snapshot of the website showing your picture -
or to buy a couple of the postcards with your picture on them. Well there.
You know the drill.
It's your picture.