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Wolves In and Out of the Hen House

The press coverage of the accusations made against Bill Cosby and several other “sex in the news” stories, have resulted in our receiving some inquiries about certain people in the industry who just don’t get the attention they deserve – sexual predators. Regardless of gender, the sexual predators we refer to engage in activities ranging from harassment, intimidation, assault and worse.  The unauthorized creation and/or distribution […]

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Ed’s Case in the NY Post

Ed is mentioned in the NY Post today about one of his cases. Can’t talk about it because it’s a pending case. But still interesting. http://nypost.com/2014/11/26/suit-in-the-citi-after-bank-shortchanges-model-for-ad-gig/

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Please Release Me, But Not My Photos

“I like my relationships like I like my eggs. Over easy.” — Jarod Kintz, It Occurred to Me Well, we find relationships more likely to end up scrambled. The cliché is “50% of all marriages end in divorce”. If that stat is accurate then we guess that nearly twice as many “personal relationships” break up […]

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The Myths of Infringement

  While wrapping up and doing the final edits for our next book we came across several myths and mythconceptions which some photographers inexplicably hold dear. Here are some of these misguided beliefs which we have followed with a “straightener”.   MYTH: An award of statutory damages for copyright infringement must have some relationship to the […]

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The Ladies Rule – Releases Version

Two ladies, both “of the media” who at first blush appear to have little in common, now share the title,  “litigant”.  Though they live some 1,500 miles apart from each other, have dissimilar backgrounds and neither would be confused for the other, they are now sisters in litigation. First up – daytime TV star, real […]

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For the Want of a Model Release

For those readers who cling to the absurd notion spread by your comrades that written, signed model releases aren’t really that important, be warned that this article will upset you.  We hope it scares the heck out of you. Here are the relevant facts and portions of the March 6th decision of Justice A. Singh […]

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Revenge By The Goose Can Be Revenge By The Gander

No topic we discuss attracts more attention than that of the need to obtain written, signed model releases. Broadly speaking, the need is motivated by the desire or need to employ the photographs in connection with the sale or promotion of any product, service, company or organization (whether a for profit enterprise or otherwise).  In […]

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Location Booby Prize

Here’s another high profile example of why we preach that obtaining property and location agreements is a wise practice. Photographer Allen Henson has been working on a photo project featuring topless women in public places. The New York Daily News and countless other media outlets have covered his exploits for obvious reasons – puns intended. On […]

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Sex, Tapes and Model Releases

We’ve heard and written about numerous and never ending excuses from infringers. One of the most common responses we heard goes like this: “We made no money” or “We didn’t charge any money”. The following is a current, real life court case that shows that it doesn’t matter that money didn’t change hands. New York […]

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You Can Make It Up

Left Coast photographer Howard Rosenberg gets the credit for finding this beauty.  Our readers know that we are quite fond of the phrase, “You can’t make this stuff up” and we use it frequently in our workshops.  Here is proof that you can, in fact, make it up. Howard noted some discussions in a photo […]

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