the original photographer can remove the watermark with no issues - professionals do it all the time, like sears, jcpenney, etc. yes, it can be cropped off if it is put along the edge, and yes a picture is "ruined" if you put it across the middle, but that is why photographers use them, so that their photos can not be stolen and used. i do it with my photos because i have had some stolen off of facebook before. and actually, i save my photos double, watermark one set, and leave the other unmarked, for my own personal printing and use - that is probably how professionals do it too, now that i think about it.
at 2:43 PM on Nov. 18, 2010