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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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Hulkamania

The term “Hulkamania” is defined by the Urban Dictionary as: The strongest force in the universe. That definition has now taken on even more street cred with the decision in the Hulk Hogan case. And we present another 140 million new reasons to get written, signed model releases – especially in sensitive issue situations – always. […]

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Being Sensitive and Sensible about Sensitive Releases

Perhaps no issue within the topic of Model Releases draws as many questions as the necessity to use “sensitive issue” model release forms.  We suggest that such forms be used when the model is going to be employed in an image/ad/film/video etc. and will appear: nude, semi-nude, be portrayed as a drug addict, criminal, suffering […]

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Our New B&H Video Is Up

Hi all, our brand new, hour and a half video, we did at B&H is up on their YouTube feed. A lot of new stuff for us, we think you’ll find interesting and enlightening. In any case, we had fun as usual. Here’s the link. Please let us know what you think.  

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Powerful Court Decision Just Two Sentences Long

Here is a current litigation right out of Ed’s files. Facts:   A young “All American” handsome man and attractive woman carefully plan out their dream wedding. They are right out of central casting. Both bride and groom would be perfect and if this had been a “regular” commercial shoot, both would have been cast. But here neither is a professional model nor […]

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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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Svenson II

As we predicted, the NY appellate court has upheld the decision of the lower court in dismissing the claims of persons who were photographed without giving their written consent.  See our original piece: One Size Does Not Fit All , for the basic facts. In this New York case, brought under the New York Civil […]

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A Day At The Zoo, And What To Do

    This article first appeared as one of our first “Copyright Zone” columns in Photoshop User Magazine. It remains one of our most requested columns. It’s about the still hot topic of photographing in public and semi-public places. By the way, the surprised monkey photo was shot in the wild in Africa, since we […]

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Catch Us On The Grid

We did our live Grid gig with Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion yesterday and I must say, one of us was brilliant. The other one was, well…… ok. You can catch the episode at any time on http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/    We’re the current video, episode 181. Seriously, as you can see by Scott and RC’s expressions below, […]

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Photos Are Forever, If You Have the Paperwork

A long retired successful photographer called Ed the other day for some advice. He/she has been out of touch with the business (by choice) and enjoys life pretty much doing nothing. Out of the blue photographer gets a phone call from Giant Ad Age Agency, “Hey remember that super ad campaign you did for (Major […]

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