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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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Big Mistakes Into Small Opportunities

The two of us love great quotes, like almost every quoted line in Young Frankenstein (what’s not to love). Here’s one by the great writer Henry James (1843 – 1916) that is not as famous as Igor’s “What hump?”, but probably more meaningful for this column – “She had an unequalled gift, usually pen in […]

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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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Video On New Registration Requirements

Our friend, Steve Brazill, posted a great instructional video on the new procedures and his workflow for registering a group of published or unpublished photos at the Copyright Office. He’s posted it on his blog and video channel called “Behind the Shot”, which is a great video blog and worth subscribing to follow. This video […]

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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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Avoiding Grief, Aggravation and Litigation

One of the areas we get asked about the most concerns model releases. As a reminder to readers, model release laws are not national, but rather are specific to each state are usually referred to as “right of publicity”, “right of privacy” or mash up of both. Whatever they are called they cover the unauthorized […]

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Expert Witnesses – Part Two

In selecting an expert witness experienced trial attorneys employ a veritable or actual list of factors to consider.  While the fees that an expert charges may be the foremost thought in the client’s head, it is almost never at the forefront of the litigator’s checklist. The quality more valuable than any other is that of credibility. Such […]

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Latest B&H Presentation Is On YouTube

Well, we were at it again, and here’s the video proof. If you missed our last B&H session and you if you want to know the new changes in registering your copyright at the Copyright Office, check us out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QC_cuq0b6w We cover a lot as usual, such as the new eCO registration screens for […]

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Fool’s Gold – Part 2

And so, the story continues. 4. Does Their Pitch Make Sense? “You keep using that word, I do not think It means what you think it means”.  – says Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) from the classic film, “The Princess Bride”. It is an invaluable phrase to call out someone’s incorrect use of a word, phrase or concept. Use of […]

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