Earlier this year, changes in copyright law in the UK were made that amounted to a loss of protection for orphan works. If the files lack metadata, or the original source could not be found, they could be used without restriction. Thankfully, some sites are still devoted to making sure your images never end up in this state. As reported by ePhotoZine, SmugMug plans to do everything it can to make sure your images remain yours.
SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill is quotes as saying:
With SmugMug’s educator and account manager Sean Rogan added chiming in:
Even if you’re not based in the UK, and probably won’t be affected by the law changes there, this sort of dedication to photographer’s rights is always nice to see. By protecting the metadata, SmugMug makes it that much more straightforward to keep control of your own work.