Avoiding Grief, Aggravation and Litigation

One of the areas we get asked about the most concerns model releases. As a reminder to readers, model release laws are not national, but rather are specific to each state are usually referred to as “right of publicity”, “right of privacy” or mash up of both. Whatever they are called they cover the unauthorized […]

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Ed On Blockchain Panel at PhotoPlus Expo

Catch Ed on the panel discussion titled “Blockchain to the Rescue: Is Blockchain Really the Answer to Image Theft?” at the PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Convention Center in NY on Friday, October 26, 2018: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Ed will be the one on the panel with the very skeptical look on his […]

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Expert Witnesses – Part Two

In selecting an expert witness experienced trial attorneys employ a veritable or actual list of factors to consider.  While the fees that an expert charges may be the foremost thought in the client’s head, it is almost never at the forefront of the litigator’s checklist. The quality more valuable than any other is that of credibility. Such […]

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Our Expert Opinion on Expert Witnesses

There are many online “experts” these days, whose only qualification is a keyboard and an Internet connection. But go to trial, into court and “Expert Witnesses” are serious assets who can be critical to winning or losing a case. One of the most commonly misunderstood legal terms is that of “Expert Witness”.  Most non-lawyers – […]

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B&H Live Streaming Yet Again on Sept 13th

That’s right, we’ll be at B&H again, live streaming out act on Thursday Sept 13th, from 4:00 to 6:00pm. It’s starting to feel like we’re the house band trying out our new material. We’ll try and take questions online, but the B&H connection was a bit wonky last time, so no guarantees. The description is […]

Images On The Internet Now “Fair Use”? – It Ain’t Necessarily So

Journalists who have covered wars are well aware of the cliche’ “First reports are always wrong”.  Porgy and Bess put it this way, “It ain’t necessarily so.” Those two old sayings recently came to mind when we read the court decision that was recently headlined and clickbaited in various ways as “Photos on the Internet are […]

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Latest B&H Presentation Is On YouTube

Well, we were at it again, and here’s the video proof. If you missed our last B&H session and you if you want to know the new changes in registering your copyright at the Copyright Office, check us out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QC_cuq0b6w We cover a lot as usual, such as the new eCO registration screens for […]

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Fool’s Gold – Part 2

And so, the story continues. 4. Does Their Pitch Make Sense? “You keep using that word, I do not think It means what you think it means”.  – says Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) from the classic film, “The Princess Bride”. It is an invaluable phrase to call out someone’s incorrect use of a word, phrase or concept. Use of […]

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Copyright Registration Fee Increase Proposal

Just as we thought the change in registration that took effect on February 20, 2018 was bad, limiting group registration to 750 images, we’re now reading proposals that will raise the group registration fee to $100 per application. Some readers are sending us notes that it’s going up to $75, but that’s for standard registrations. […]

Fool’s Gold – Part 1

Photographers seem to leave their brains in their gadget bags when it comes to reading ads and solicitations from companies – both foreign and domestic – that claim to search for copyright infringements on behalf of photographers.  Visions of receiving wads of cash from the infringers with no lawyers, no aggravation and “no effort at all […]

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