The Intern Ate My Homework

For most people who are familiar with snow, July and August means hot, lazy days at a beach or pool with an adult beverage in hand. For Ed it is all that and more.  Summer is the season when copyright infringers and their lawyers blame summer interns for…well, for just about everything. In July alone […]

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Happy Birthday Without Fear

A few years ago, Jack was in a men’s room in the Atlanta Airport and noticed the water faucet playing a tune when it turned on. It played the familiar “Happy Birthday To You” tune. He smiled, as he knew right away that its recommended best practice, that you wash your hands for the length […]

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Our Lastest B&H Lecture Video

Our B&H lecture is now up on YouTube here. It was up last week, but our blog was down then and it’s now all corrected. Check out the video. Lots of new stuff.


Casting Light on The Amazon Patent on Lighting

Much confusion and consternation has been caused by Amazon’s securing a patent for itself on a lighting arrangement that has been in widespread use by photographers for at least three decades. See: PetaPixel Link here- The patent is in the opinion of every patent attorney we have consulted (both in this office and elsewhere), […]

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Copyright 101 – Plain and Simple

We get so many questions about the nuances of copyright law that we feel it never hurts to address the basics. While saying “I’ve been ripped off” is a perfectly descriptive term, it is not a legal one. The Copyright Law classifies what most people call “stealing” as falling into one or more of four categories […]


Catch Us at B&H May 21st

Hey All- the two of us will be at the B&H Event Space on May 21st from 4pm to 6pm. The usual informative song and dance from us, and we’ll take questions from the audience. We’ll also cover current events, including some interesting new cases. These sessions are always fun. Well, it is for us. […]

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Copyright Registration Fees Going Up Today

Just a heads up, various copyright registration filing fees are going up today, May 1st. The one that will affect most photographers is the standard filing fee for collections of unpublished work, which is rising from $35 to $55. If you have one photo, by one photographer, then it stays at $35, but if you […]

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The Math of Infringement

I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.  ~Calvin Trillin We are often asked (by “we” we mean Ed) what is the formula the Federal Courts use to determine the amount of statutory damages a copyright holder can be awarded […]

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The Ladies Rule – Releases Version

Two ladies, both “of the media” who at first blush appear to have little in common, now share the title,  “litigant”.  Though they live some 1,500 miles apart from each other, have dissimilar backgrounds and neither would be confused for the other, they are now sisters in litigation. First up – daytime TV star, real […]

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Time To Register – Fees Rising

The Copyright Office has announced new fee structures, effective May 1st. You can read the entire PDF list here.  Basically, registration of collections is rising from $35 to $55 on May 1st. That’s quite a jump, so we highly recommend to register all those images you were putting off registering, during the month of April.  […]

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