I've seen the following question pop up a number of time in the past couple of years...
For those of you that are not familiar with this feature having the Copyright Status pull down set to "Copyrighted" will trigger a small c in circle "©" to appear on the status bar of an image when it is open in Photoshop. In this instance the setting value is "True." There are two other states for this pull-down menu "Public Domain" (setting = false), or "Unknown" (no setting).
I saw a different version of this question resurface after the new version of Apple Aperture was released.
Does anyone know of a way of applying metadata in Aperture 3 so that it will show up as "Copyrighted" when opened in Photoshop instead of File Info displaying copyright status as "Unknown"?
In early 2008, one senior adobe product manager asked, "Would we be better
off if it were removed?" on the Controlled Vocabulary discussion forum. The
discourse focused on the issues that arise when these values are not held
in sync. What should a user do that see's a value in the Copyright Notice
field expressing that there is a copyright holder, but the Copyright
Status appears as "Unknown?"
In addition to the Copyright Status, there is another metadata value that is stored within the Adobe namespace called Copyright URL (stored as xmpRights:WebStatement). With increasing frequency, I am seeing photographers using this field to point to a specific URL or URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) for the license description. If this was also used, would it help clarify in situations where, for example, the Copyright Status says unknown but the Copyright URL points to a Creative Commons share alike license?
One of the questions that came up, was whether or not it would be valuable to have these three fields linked in some way? For example, would it be useful if an entry in the Copyright Notice field stating Copyright [year, name], or © [year name], caused the Copyright Status field to be automatically be switched to the true setting - Copyrighted.
This might be useful, but before that can happen, the Copyright Status and Copyright
URL fields need to be available widely in other applications. Since
they are not part of the the IPTC photo metadata standards, perhaps the
first step would be seeing if there is interest in having these values
from the Photoshop namespace adopted as part of the IPTC Core? At present
they are not, and in many applications there is no support, requiring
photographers to re-enter this information if they create or update metadata
in another application.