The Big Lie of Arbitration

There are many “big lies” out there with new ones sprouting every day. We try to get to as many as we can, but we’ll never live long enough just to cover all of the ones already spreading. Especially with the help they get on the Internet. “It must be true, I read it on […]

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Being Sensitive and Sensible about Sensitive Releases

Perhaps no issue within the topic of Model Releases draws as many questions as the necessity to use “sensitive issue” model release forms.  We suggest that such forms be used when the model is going to be employed in an image/ad/film/video etc. and will appear: nude, semi-nude, be portrayed as a drug addict, criminal, suffering […]

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Free Copyright Zone Webinar Oct 14

We’re back at it again. Another Copyright Zone webinar on the X-Rite website. We guess they’ll try and color correct our “blue in the face” photo. This one should be interesting as we’ll have the ability to do Q&A. We’ll be taking your questions and doing our best to figure out answers. Sign up at […]

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Stop is Go and Up is Down

You are driving down a busy thoroughfare when you see a stop sign and act accordingly.  Your fellow citizens driving in similar type cars see the very same sign and read it as “Go”. Perhaps you find yourself entering elevators clearly seeing the word ” up” while others just as literate as you are looking at the very same signage and just […]

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Our New B&H Video Is Up

Hi all, our brand new, hour and a half video, we did at B&H is up on their YouTube feed. A lot of new stuff for us, we think you’ll find interesting and enlightening. In any case, we had fun as usual. Here’s the link. Please let us know what you think.  


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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