During my latest trip I have made quite a few blogs documenting my journey and showcasing some photography. I have also shared many on facebook with friends and family. Some people have mentioned that I should copyright them against theft but I don't really know much about that. When I began to look into it, I found some info about the Berne Convention, which supposedly states that copyright happens automatically when you take the photo. If I've posted my photos on this website first, does that mean there is a record of when they were first posted, and is that good enough to prove that they are indeed mine? Or should I just try to edit them with a copyright symbol (would take forever to re-edit all of them and can easily be edited out anyway)? If they are also on Facebook does that mean I am giving up ownership of them as someone had told me?
Have a look at the Copyright and Ownership section of the TB Terms of Service
In short, you retain full copyright of anything you upload to TB - but you give us permission to publish the photos elsewhere on TB and also on our social media sites. Credit will always be given, and will usually link directly back to your profile page.
You automatically have copyright of your photos, and in an ideal world everyone in cyberspace would respect that. TB has implemented changes a while back to make life much harder for those inclined to 'borrow' photos, but I'm sure that's not the case with a vast majority of websites. Only a low resolution version of the photos uploaded to your blogs is retained on TB.
The rumor that uploading photos to FB gives them copyright pops up semi-regularly, but copyright is not transferred to FB.