Make stripping of EXIF/IPTC data optional
I've been the victim of I.P. theft before and I am acutely aware of the issues involved. I go through a considerable amount of time and trouble to modify and add EXIF/IPTC/XMP data to every image file I create. It serves multiple purposes for me - including carrying legal data like copyright and licensing info, along with my contact data.
After going through the files I've uploaded onto a test site to verify them - I was amazed that they were stripped of the metadata I've spent so much effort embedding into the originals. There is a reason I use the software I do, and that includes the internal and stand-alone meta tools that are all a part of my post-processing routine.
Checking the help files here on the site, I've read several posts stating that Koken's code has been written to specifically remove metadata in an attempt to keep file sizes down. I'm mindful of file sizes just as I am with image quality and speedy and responsive web rendering... BUT it's just as important to me that the data remains embedded as-is.
If this is in fact the case - please make the removal process optional. Presentation software shouldn't be making these choices for me and I would prefer to make my own editorial decision on what gets included in every file.
I'm aware that this code routine may have been offered as something helpful. However, in my case it certainly isn't and I assume I'm not alone in that regard. I prefer my files to remain intact - just as they were intentionally created.