Archive for category Copyright

Working Blue

One of the things that make this copyright blog of ours unique is that we pull stuff from our actual experiences. They are not assumptions, not impossible scenarios or “what ifs”, but rather experiences and events from the field, from real life. Most of the time the names and the exact facts are changed to protect […]

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OUTRAGE! Or The Lack Thereof

You are smart and business savvy. You have made copyright registration of all of your works part of your normal, everyday business routine. You have employed the best possible paperwork the content of which you have had officially blessed by a knowledgeable attorney familiar with the laws of your state. Everything you create is watermarked […]

Comment on Large Judgement

Hi all,  I just posted a comment on Petapixel on their thread regarding the recent $900,000 award won by a company named “Stepables”. I thought my comment might be of interest to you folks reading our blog. You can read about the case here on Petapixels and here on PDN. Below are my comments that […]

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Both Flirting And Dancing With Danger

So how’s this for irony? April is Copyright Awareness Month according to the April issue of PPA’s Professional Photographer Magazine. Terrific, photographers and artists need all the awareness and information about copyright they can get. Anything that spreads awareness of the truth is always positive. But something struck us as, well, a bit odd. The […]

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Not A Comic Con Case

Many of you (meaning those of you that attend Comic-Con) may have seen an article about regarding a copyright case brought against Marvel today regarding its design of the Ironman costume.  See links to articles in the New York Post here and Deadline Hollywood here. Ed’s office served as New York counsel to the plaintiffs […]

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Readers Beware, Lawyers Are Not Judges

The photo website, Petapixel, recently ran an article on a photo that was allegedly copied by a pharmaceutical company in Germany. The usual cesspool of bad information and tribal wisdom was sprinkled in the comments section. Petapixel to their credit ran a follow up piece, written by a lawyer. A lawyer in Memphis, whose trial […]

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Not A Lawyer, The RIGHT Lawyer

In our books and in this blog we have oft written about how to interview and hire an attorney, something we find photographers are clueless and scared to death about. Photographers are universally scared to talk to a lawyer, even when it’s one they need to represent them. We posted articles entitled “Lawyers Need Money […]

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Caveat Artifex

Alex Trabek’s Jeopardy clue is, “Let the buyer beware”- the question, “What is Caveat Emptor”?  That Latin phrase has become part of our daily English  vocabulary known to lawyers and laypeople alike. The title to this piece, “Caveat Artifex” is however a relatively obscure phrase that is likely to be more important to creative people. The […]

Listen to Our X-Rite Webinar Here

Hi all, for all of you that missed our online Q&A webinar with X-Rite, we have the full hour to listen to here. It’s split into 2 parts since we had way too much info to keep it all in one segment (that and the fact that our blog had a size limit to upload). […]

Implied Consent

It is an all too common scenario that we’ve seen and experienced over and over and over. Adjust to fit your own mileage. Photographer takes photos of minor or major celebrity. Sometimes the shoot is done for a magazine that hired the photographer and paid a licensing fee for usage. On other occasions the images are […]

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