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Not in a court. Applications exist to alter EXIF and other information. Having another photo of the same scene with a date-proving item (newspaper front page, for instance) may be effective.
But it's SO easy to manipulate an image these ays, that proving anything is going to be a battle of the expert witnesses. It better be worth your time and money.
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Morris Dovey wrote:

That's actually a good idea--if you use commercial stego then someone with the same software may be able to detect that there's something there--if you roll your own it's going to be pretty much undetectable.

That should do it.
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As you indicated in the part I snipped but also what needs to be considered.... If you buy a widget and leave it out and it gets stolen, you also are the actual owner of that widget but with out proper registration there may be no way to prove ownership.
If one is complaining about carelessly not protecting something of value to themselves they pretty much get what they receive. If you lay a baseball cap down on a park bench and leave it there for a week and don't find it when you come back you cannot really blame the person that picks it up and makes it his. I would also suggest that if you post pictures on the internet you should expect the same. THAT IS NOT RIGHT, BUT you have to take responsibility for yourself and your property if you value them and quit expecting others to watch over you.
There are thousands of laws that are not and will not ever be enforced, those laws are esentially moral suggestions for those that don't know any better. A moral law however is not going to actually guarantee protection for you or your property.
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No they do -not-. At least if they live in a country which has adopted the 'Berne Convention' (of 1986) on copyright.
Copyright is _automatic_ when the work is created, regardless of whether or not there is any claim attached to it.
Google on 'Berne convention' to find out who has signed on to it -- it *IS* virtually every developed, and semi-developed, country in the world.
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It is just good publication practice to post notice of who the copyright holder is of any work. It the piece is not taken maliciously and the copyright information deleted you still get credit of the work. Also, if a researcher does find it on the internet it makes it possible for them to contact you to arrange for a license. You will find that publishers still respect the copyright information of creators of works and do place copyright information in the back of the book. But it is possible for the creator to affix a requirement of placing the copyright information along with the creation on the same page if stated in the licensing requirements. If someone removes the copyright information it shows they are maliciously stealing the work.
For those who would like to read a laymans writing of the Berne Convention on copyrights here is a link for that purpose:
www.arsny.com/basics.html
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