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Supreme Court Ruling on Two Copyright Issues

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)  just issued two decisions, both by 9 -0 votes directly affecting the rights and legal remedies available to copyright owners who choose to protect their work either defensively or by bringing an action for money damages for infringement. As we have written, lectured, screamed and cajoled for decades, […]

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PG to X to XXX Rated Photography

Using our powers of mentalism we know exactly what you are thinking at this moment – “What does this topic have to do with me? I don’t shoot or appear in that kind of stuff”. Now, now don’t get ahead of your skis grasshopper. The laws regarding risqué, controversial, or even sexual or simply implied […]

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Remember Mom Droning On About Losing An Eye? A Drone Insurance Case

Nobody but nobody enjoys reading an insurance policy. Companies like GEICO know that and make effective commercials which rely on humor. Indeed famed actor Dennis Quaid is on a “mission to make insurance interesting” in his TV commercials for Esurance. Photographers and producers are no different than other people/businesses who pay for insurance coverage in that the odds […]

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A Vara Gooda Law – Moral Rights

“Moral Rights” is concept that artists have an ethical right to control their creations, and protect the integrity of their work and their own reputation. So-called “moral rights” in intellectual property exist in various countries outside of the USA particularly in the EU. There is however, a portion of the US Federal Copyright Law, which […]

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Copyright Troll – Part 2

Just in time for Halloween comes a droll “troll” decision by Judge Denise Cote out of the United States District Court for The Southern District of New York. The Southern District is the federal court that covers Manhattan, The Bronx, Westchester and Rockland Counties. Several months ago we wrote about a decision made by Judge […]

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Behind Podcast The Shot

Check out our latest podcast with Steve Brazill’s Behind The Shot Podcast. Great new info. Lotta laughs. https://behindtheshot.tv/2018/10/25/copyright-for-photographers-2018-update/

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Ed On Blockchain Panel at PhotoPlus Expo

Catch Ed on the panel discussion titled “Blockchain to the Rescue: Is Blockchain Really the Answer to Image Theft?” at the PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Convention Center in NY on Friday, October 26, 2018: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Ed will be the one on the panel with the very skeptical look on his […]

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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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