Archive for category Fine Art

Sue Me? No, I’m Suing you!

An interesting graffiti case, filed under “We told you this can happen”, but not in the way expected. A lawyer representing graffiti artists contacted the Mercedes Benz company (also known as “Holy crap, how is Fred able to buy that Mercedes Benz on his crappy salary?!) about Mercedes Benz infringing on his client’s graffiti artwork. […]

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Graffiti, Graffito, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

It is with much trepidation that we dive into this topic.  It is very hard to just dip your toe into the graffiti water without jumping in the pool. The use of graffiti – plural for graffito – as either background or integral to a photo shoot is fraught with easily avoidable peril. We suggest […]

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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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Our TWiP Behind the Shot Podcast

See our latest podcast with the wonderful Steve Brazill at This Week in Photography (TWiP)’s Behind the Shot (BtS). We had a great time and as per the podcast title, we gave it our best shot. And Steve actually got a word in edgewise once in a while. We wouldn’t let THAT happen again. We […]

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Both Flirting And Dancing With Danger

So how’s this for irony? April is Copyright Awareness Month according to the April issue of PPA’s Professional Photographer Magazine. Terrific, photographers and artists need all the awareness and information about copyright they can get. Anything that spreads awareness of the truth is always positive. But something struck us as, well, a bit odd. The […]

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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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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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Do NOT Search For Your Name On Wallpart

  For a while, I’ve heard about artists and photographers doing a search for their name (and images) on the Wallpart website, which supposedly sells prints. After hearing so many artists and photographers all claiming to have “found” their images on this site, I was figuring that they aren’t spending time scouring the Internet for […]

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Svenson Again

As discussed in our prior articles (here, here, and yet again here) residents of an apartment building in the uber trendy Tribeca area of Manhattan, sued fine art photographer Arne Svenson for photographing them without obtaining their consent.  Svenson had photographed residents including partially unclothed children, while in their own apartments.  There was no dispute that […]

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