Copyright / image use tracking for a project

There's plenty of help about tools to help me / my company protect their copyright in the code we produce, but there's nothing I can find about tools that help developers / designers document the steps they've taken to ensure they are not violating the copyright of others.

The reason I'm asking is that I have received a freshly designed set of static HTML5 based template pages for a website refresh. It's my job to take those templates and convert them into dynamic content. These new pages, though, are really rich and heavy in graphics and photographs. They were put together by a company in the EU, and I want to document the rights and licenses for all of the images they used. As images will also be added by myself and others for various reasons, I wondered if there was a tool or plug-in that would (ideally) create a map of a project's image use and hold such metadata as rights, credits, licenses, sources for a one-page sign-off that the image use is all legal and above board, or add a specific "notes" file for each asset (like Dreamweavers _notes file), so that at least someone can see when a file has been added but no attributions etc checked (or even clue in / remind people that it is standard practice to add such source information).

Previously I did it by hand with a simple text file that I added to as I went along, but this site is a hundred times more image dense, and I can't keep track of it on my own.

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I don't think there's such thing, nor have I heard anyone requesting for something like this, at least at JetBrains tracker. Also, images copyrighting works a bit different compared to code copyrighting; copyrighting may work differently in various countries. Based on this I don't think there's a ready-made solution for your needs.

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Thanks. I've done a lot more research on this, and I agree; I haven't found anything along the lines of what I'm thinking of either!

Looks to me like a potential plug-in, and as soon as I've finished this project, I'll look at making something. It would need to just generate a list (manifest) of specific types of files in the resources root and slap a bit of DTD and XML in there, ready to fill in with say a URL, a license type, a Purchase Order or receipt number, an expiry date, a signature box to say whose checked it's OK to use the image / resource etc. shouldn't be too taxing! I'll let you know if I get anywhere with it. In the meantime, I'll continue to do it with a manually completed text file.

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