The Highsmith vs Getty Saga Begins

Jerry Seinfield showed us that a TV show about nothing could be worth something, like more than 3 Billion (with a capital B) dollars. That’s the syndication revenue from 1995 to 2014 as referenced here. We now see a lawsuit, Carol M. Highsmith v. Getty Images (and others including Picscout which Getty owns) seeking one […]

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Infringers Feeling Their Feet Getting Warm

Readers of our columns and attendees at our seminars well know that A) theft of copyrighted images is rampant and B) you can do something about it. The effects of thousands of successful claims and lawsuits brought by photographers and illustrators against record companies, newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs etc., is having the deterrent value we predicted. […]

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

We all like to dream of finding a buried treasure, either a trunk buried in the beach left behind by pirates or a stash of gold coins buried in the backyard, like the Saddle Ridge Hoard. The hoard is 1,427 gold coins found in Sierra Nevada, California in 2013 worth an estimated $10 million dollars. […]

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Copyright Small Claims Court

A reader asked us about our thoughts regarding a “small claims court” for copyright actions. Alan Zarenelli, asked this question in our blog’s comments. “Howdy – The PPA is pushing hard to have copyright cases heard in small claims court (http://www.ppa.com/ppa-today-blog/copyright/why-do-we-need-copyright-small.php). What do you think of this approach?” We think the reply is worth an […]

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Free Webinar – You Got a Q, We Got an A

Our good friends at Xrite are sponsoring a free webinar on June 7th at 12:00pm EST. The title is-  COPYRIGHT: You Ask The Questions, We’ve Got The Answers So bring your copyright or legal “Q”s and we’ll do out best to “A”. Get more info and sign up at http://tinyurl.com/zefv3e4

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A Reader’s Question On A Claim of Copying

A reader of this blog, Gary Schubert posed a really good question in our comments section. It is one that we feel is a bit too complex for a short answer there, hence this piece. He asked why celebrity photographer Tyler Shields can get away with the often alleged copying of the work of others. […]

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Arbitration, Deflategate and You

Our past articles on the myths of arbitration resonates with us in the infamous NFL Deflategate case. We’ve always said that in most cases, photographers and artists would be better off in court, rather than go to arbitration. So here we go again. (You can read our previous articles here, here, and lastly, here) A […]

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Prince – A King of Intellectual Property Rights

Last week we lost not only a Prince, but also a King of intellectual property rights for artists. Many talk the talk, but few have walked the walk and fought the fight, as did Prince Rogers Nelson. Prince was renowned by many for his business acumen almost as much as for his musical talent. He […]

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Hip Hop Hop – Part 4 of 3

We are adding a 4th part to our 3-part article, as we received an e-mail doubting the authenticity of the practices of #2 in part 3. We were discussing how companies use social media, while hiding the fact that it’s them posting stuff. We wrote: “Companies make their own posts under a variety of methods […]

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Hip Hop Hop – Part 3

Now in the third and final installment of this 3 part series, we’ll demonstrate how musicians and their “people” use the basics of copyright law mixed with their intimate knowledge of how risk adverse photographers typically are, to attack photographers who have taken the offensive. In the real world when faced with the fire-power of a major or even […]

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