What’s It Worth?

One of the first questions creatives ask (to themselves or others) when their work is infringed, is, “How much is this worth?” or “What can I get out of this”?  Logical questions to ask. One of the worst things you can do is ask your “friends” online. If you want a boatload of bad information […]

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You Gonna Believe Your Eyes and Ears or Your Nose?

The great writer Mario Puzo wrote about the underworld of gangsters and in his seminal book,  “The Godfather” , summed up the world lawyers live in quite eloquently with the line: “We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.” It’s amazing what can […]

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Ed’s Case in the NY Post

Ed is mentioned in the NY Post today about one of his cases. Can’t talk about it because it’s a pending case. But still interesting. http://nypost.com/2014/11/26/suit-in-the-citi-after-bank-shortchanges-model-for-ad-gig/ Like this:Like Loading…

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Assumptions Are The Termites of Relationships

Incidents of agents stealing from their artists are about as commonplace as sunrises. The techniques used by sales reps, agents and gallery owners to steal monies due photographers and illustrators typically fall into one of a few select categories listed below. If an artist never assumes and uses the phrase “trust implicitly” in business relationships, […]

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Please Release Me, But Not My Photos

“I like my relationships like I like my eggs. Over easy.” — Jarod Kintz, It Occurred to Me Well, we find relationships more likely to end up scrambled. The cliché is “50% of all marriages end in divorce”. If that stat is accurate then we guess that nearly twice as many “personal relationships” break up […]

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The Tyranny of Numbers

We wish we thought of this title, but it’s the title of a book by David Boyle, and the title explains it all. It’s also a perfect title for this blog piece. (Lucky for us, titles are not copyrightable, but that’s for another blog piece). Numbers can be used in so many ways and for […]

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Answers By The Numbers

One of our favorite jokes is about someone in prison for the first time and during his first anxiety filled evening, he hears someone calling out a number and hysterical laughter following immediately after. “Six” followed by deep belly laughs. “Fourteen” followed by snickers, chortles, and guffaws. “Thirty eight” followed by hoots, hollers, and roars. […]

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Does Your Cat Have His Papers?

“The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.” Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance We use this quote as it fits well to frame a recent law passed in New York State legislature, “A.9004/S.6903″ which prohibits exhibitors of big cats, tigers, jaguars, panthers and cougars (a/k/a mountain lions) from allowing the public to have […]

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The Myths of Infringement

  While wrapping up and doing the final edits for our next book we came across several myths and mythconceptions which some photographers inexplicably hold dear. Here are some of these misguided beliefs which we have followed with a “straightener”.   MYTH: An award of statutory damages for copyright infringement must have some relationship to the […]

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State of Confusion

A while back we did a piece about New York photographer, Arne Svenson, who photographed his neighbors in their apartments through their open windows and without their permission. A couple whose children had been photographed in their apartment, sued him. You can read the whole story here if you missed it the first time. Short […]

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