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Our Expert Opinion on Expert Witnesses

There are many online “experts” these days, whose only qualification is a keyboard and an Internet connection. But go to trial, into court and “Expert Witnesses” are serious assets who can be critical to winning or losing a case. One of the most commonly misunderstood legal terms is that of “Expert Witness”.  Most non-lawyers – […]

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Images On The Internet Now “Fair Use”? – It Ain’t Necessarily So

Journalists who have covered wars are well aware of the cliche’ “First reports are always wrong”.  Porgy and Bess put it this way, “It ain’t necessarily so.” Those two old sayings recently came to mind when we read the court decision that was recently headlined and clickbaited in various ways as “Photos on the Internet are […]

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Trolls Who Live Under Bridges Upset By Judge’s Comparison

Here’s an example of why even Ed is not a fan of lawyers in general.  You’ll never find him having a beer with an adversary either. In a copyright infringement case brought in the Federal Court in Manhattan – formally The United States District Court for The Southern District of New York, entitled Matthew McDermott […]

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Court Decision On Embedding Images

What follows is our attempt to explain – in plain English – the facts and possible consequences of a case which has received a tremendous amount of attention in the photo, advertising, social media and publishing communities.  We believe that the interest generated by this well-publicized decision is likely disproportionate to the effects, in any, […]

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The Buck Finally Stops, With A Cherry on Top, Yay!

Sorry for mixing bad idioms in the title, but we’re over the moon with a final decision on Andrew Paul Leonard’s lawsuit. We have done three articles on his 1.6 million dollar award for actual damages (only) in a copyright infringement case.  The links are at the end of this article if you wish to review […]

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Check Our Guest Blog on Kelby’s Site

Check out our guest blog today on Scott Kelby’s blog. Check it out here. Going over a bunch of current issues in our piece. Thanks for use of the hall Scott!

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A Busy Copyright Week

What a busy week in the world of copyright and photographers/artists rights. Where to start? The two of us have both been busy with what we like to call “work” and are just getting around to posting this current stuff. Let’s start with Google Images settling with Getty. Google agreed to remove the “view image” […]

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New and Not Improved Copyright Registration Changes Coming

The three words we dread to see on products when we hike to the grocery store to stock up on our favorites, are the words “New and Improved!” (Always with one or two exclamation points). Uh oh. That doesn’t start with a T, but it still spells trouble here in River City. Usually, it’s a […]

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KodakOne and the Zombie Myth

In our numerous copyright lectures, we always discuss copyright myths and “mythconceptions”. There is one myth, that like Dracula, refuses to die. Like a zombie myth, continually rising from the dead. It’s known as “The Poor Man’s Copyright”. That’s where instead of filing your copyright at the Copyright Office in accordance with Federal Law, you […]

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Stay Out Of My Territory – Walter White’s Pizza

Model releases have taken up a lot of real estate, a lot of ink, in our lectures and writings. Location releases, not so much. Many people think they are not needed, as the consent is “obvious” and/or “assumed”. We’re not going to go into that chestnut about the word, assume.  Some think that those who […]

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