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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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Model And Model Behavior

As those of you who have read our book “The Copyright Zone” or seen our seminars on the subject of model releases well know, we strongly urge all photographers to get a signed, written model release all of the time, always if at all possible. We write for and speak to models (and model agencies) […]

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False Prophets and Lost Profits

The bible warns, “beware false prophets”. As we like to rephrase it, beware some lawyers as false prophets, as they will diminish your profits. Our story starts with Ed suing a stock agency on behalf of a photographer who claimed that he/she had not been paid nor received royalty statements. (Something he has done too […]

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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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Where There’s a Will, There’s Way Happy Relatives

One of the biggest acts in the history of Motown was the Temptations, who 46 years ago famously sang: “Ball of confusion, Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today, Hey hey!” They were right on then and they’re right now. When Prince died without having a will people were truly shocked. That a man […]

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Two Million Dollars (With Interest) Confirmed

We have written about Andrew Paul Leonard’s 1.6 million dollar jury award for actual damages arising out the infringement of his images by a company known as Stemtech. See our prior article here.  Mr. Leonard is a client of Ed’s but this case was handled by counsel in Delaware. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals just […]

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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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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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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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