Removing EXIF data

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First published Wednesday 4 June, 2014 Removing EXIF data

Sometimes photographs come in the permissions queue that still have copyright metadata attached to them. As the copyright holder is releasing them under a free license, the "© Northwind Traders 2018" tag is inaccurate.

It's easy to remove with the exiftool Perl script: exiftool -copyright= foo.png will strip it entirely; or a fancier example to replace it:

./exiftool -copyright="This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. \
To view a copy of this license, visit or send a \
letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA." \
The amended file can then be simply uploaded in place of the old one.