Spare a thought for Lithuanian-born photographer Andrej Vasilenko
, whose 2007 photo of a girl on a beach has been mis-attributed to HCB by many internet sites - including Google searches. Vasilenko has been having difficulty in correcting the error - I tried Google image search while writing this
and got 'best guess Henri Cartier-Bresson'.
In an article in The Register
, they note '...if you look closely, you can see that the girl is wearing very modern trainers, and standing beside an equally modern backpack.'
Vasilenko is reported to be flattered by the comparison, but less happy that his work is consistently credited to someone else - even if that someone else is HCB.
Bottom line is, you cannot rely on metadata as the sole measure to identify your photographs on the web. A copyright notice watermark is a more durable option, although it can still be retouched out and the photo republished. If you're American, you have the additional protection of registering your image
with the Library of Congress - for a fee. More info here