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On Collecting

Some people collect stamps, others rare coins while many of us tend to assemble masses of Pez dispensers. When lawyers use the term “collecting” they are referring to a legal term – “enforcing a judgment”. The English translation of the term is “collecting the money that a court has determined is due his/her client”. Laypeople […]

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When Less Is More In Stock Photography

Warren Buffet once said: “We need a moderately-priced stock market… The market, like the Lord, helps those who help themselves. But, unlike the Lord, the market does not forgive those who know not what they do.” While he was referring to stock exchanges and markets where company stocks, bonds and commodities are traded, his quote […]

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Don’t Fire Till You See The Whites of Their Eyes

How to fight is as important as knowing when to fight. Experienced litigators know when to pull the trigger and file a lawsuit. More importantly, they also know when to be patient and wait for the right moment to act if action becomes necessary. An attorney who is wise enough to assess and accept a legitimate case […]

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OOH NO!

Lawyers, parents and members of the clergy are understandably fond of saying, “Words have meaning”.  Sometimes they really don’t. But sometimes a single word can be worth a bucket of money, either entering or exiting your pocket. Photographers and most artists are visual people and looking at a bunch of words is like trying to […]

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The Highsmith vs Getty Saga Begins

Jerry Seinfield showed us that a TV show about nothing could be worth something, like more than 3 Billion (with a capital B) dollars. That’s the syndication revenue from 1995 to 2014 as referenced here. We now see a lawsuit, Carol M. Highsmith v. Getty Images (and others including Picscout which Getty owns) seeking one […]

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Infringers Feeling Their Feet Getting Warm

Readers of our columns and attendees at our seminars well know that A) theft of copyrighted images is rampant and B) you can do something about it. The effects of thousands of successful claims and lawsuits brought by photographers and illustrators against record companies, newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs etc., is having the deterrent value we predicted. […]

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

We all like to dream of finding a buried treasure, either a trunk buried in the beach left behind by pirates or a stash of gold coins buried in the backyard, like the Saddle Ridge Hoard. The hoard is 1,427 gold coins found in Sierra Nevada, California in 2013 worth an estimated $10 million dollars. […]

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Copyright Small Claims Court

A reader asked us about our thoughts regarding a “small claims court” for copyright actions. Alan Zarenelli, asked this question in our blog’s comments. “Howdy – The PPA is pushing hard to have copyright cases heard in small claims court (http://www.ppa.com/ppa-today-blog/copyright/why-do-we-need-copyright-small.php). What do you think of this approach?” We think the reply is worth an […]

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Free Webinar – You Got a Q, We Got an A

Our good friends at Xrite are sponsoring a free webinar on June 7th at 12:00pm EST. The title is-  COPYRIGHT: You Ask The Questions, We’ve Got The Answers So bring your copyright or legal “Q”s and we’ll do out best to “A”. Get more info and sign up at http://tinyurl.com/zefv3e4

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A Reader’s Question On A Claim of Copying

A reader of this blog, Gary Schubert posed a really good question in our comments section. It is one that we feel is a bit too complex for a short answer there, hence this piece. He asked why celebrity photographer Tyler Shields can get away with the often alleged copying of the work of others. […]

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