Whitewashing a Fence

Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer whitewashing a fence yesterday and the Creative Commons doing it today.

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Comparing Apples to Snowballs

Comparing apples to oranges is an old and well-worn idiom, found in many cultures and languages, illustrating the idea that similar yet different things are not necessarily comparable. The use of photos, especially the alteration of imagery via Photoshop or other image altering software, to give a false or misleading portrayal of a product, service or news event […]

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Our Latest TWiP Talk

Check out our new This Week in Photography (TWiP) Talk on what we usually talk about. As Frederick van Johnson said in the description of this hour and twenty two minute talk: “The guys dive into some of the issues making copyright news today as well as providing some practical and actionable tips that you […]

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That Ole Dog Still Hunts

Among all of the other benefits of registering your copyright, one of the practical reasons is that registration brings with it the legal presumption that you are the creator. The burden is thus placed on an infinger to disprove the validity of your registration. Typically this is very, very difficult. In other words, “very not easy”. […]

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Picasso Never Had a Day Rate

There is an oft-told story of Picasso drawing on a napkin. If you Google “Picasso Napkin Drawing” you’ll find endless variations of the story. Here’s the short version: Someone sees Picasso at a café and asks him to draw something on a napkin. Picasso complies and signs it. Pablo then says, “$25,000 please”. (Sometimes the […]

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Do NOT Search For Your Name On Wallpart

  For a while, I’ve heard about artists and photographers doing a search for their name (and images) on the Wallpart website, which supposedly sells prints. After hearing so many artists and photographers all claiming to have “found” their images on this site, I was figuring that they aren’t spending time scouring the Internet for […]

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The Sky is Not Falling

Much is being written, many hands are being wrung and even worse for Ed, hair is being pulled out in reaction to some form of an Orphan Works that may be proposed to the Congress. This is won’t be the first such proposal and maybe not the last. The very same hysteria was exhibited the […]

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Powerful Court Decision Just Two Sentences Long

Here is a current litigation right out of Ed’s files. Facts:   A young “All American” handsome man and attractive woman carefully plan out their dream wedding. They are right out of central casting. Both bride and groom would be perfect and if this had been a “regular” commercial shoot, both would have been cast. But here neither is a professional model nor […]

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Photo Of Ed At B&H Yesterday

Here’s a quick shot I got of Ed yesterday at B&H pontificating on a particular lawyer point to what was a great audience. We stayed an extra half hour after the taping to answer questions. Sold all available copies of our book at the store. The video should be up in about two weeks and […]

At It Again At B&H

We’re at it once again,  doing our thing at B&H next Tuesday, June 30th from 4:00 to 5:00PM. This will cover various topics of interest to photographers and visual artists, including a bunch of stuff that keeps showing up in the news lately. Maybe it’s us because we look for it, but there seems to […]

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