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A Busy Copyright Week

What a busy week in the world of copyright and photographers/artists rights. Where to start? The two of us have both been busy with what we like to call “work” and are just getting around to posting this current stuff. Let’s start with Google Images settling with Getty. Google agreed to remove the “view image” […]

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A Tale of a Search and Settle Company’s TOS

We just read an article by fine art photographer Kalliope Amorphous on her blog titled “A Warning To Photographers And Artists Regarding Image Rights International” It’s a first person account regarding her experience with Image Rights. As we keep saying, read the Terms of Service (TOS) of the various search firms that have been popping […]

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Copyright Office Jumps The Gun

Jumping the gun and jumping the shark at the same time. We’ve heard from several people that the 750 image limit is already in place, in spite of the official announcement in the National Register stating it would be effective February 20th. We’ve also heard that eCo will be down anyway, from today February 15th, […]

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New and Not Improved Copyright Registration Changes Coming

The three words we dread to see on products when we hike to the grocery store to stock up on our favorites, are the words “New and Improved!” (Always with one or two exclamation points). Uh oh. That doesn’t start with a T, but it still spells trouble here in River City. Usually, it’s a […]

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Stay Out Of My Territory – Walter White’s Pizza

Model releases have taken up a lot of real estate, a lot of ink, in our lectures and writings. Location releases, not so much. Many people think they are not needed, as the consent is “obvious” and/or “assumed”. We’re not going to go into that chestnut about the word, assume.  Some think that those who […]

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The $#*;% ! Million Dollar Comma

Of all punctuation marks, the lowly comma, that period with a tail, is one of the least impressive marks. It’s not like the emphatic exclamation (!) or the inquisitive question (?) or the definitive period (.). Comma means a pause and pauses are not exciting, but they are dramatic. But make no mistake, that lowly […]

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But I Own the Copyright!

We read a thread online about the “merits” of stock agencies. To us that could have been a one-sentence story, but we digress. In the comments section someone said how they owned the copyright and could pursue an infringer. Again, that falls into the category of “Ya didn’t read the fine print, didja?” We’ve seen […]

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In Unity, There Better Be Paperwork

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” That’s a quote by the late child writer and poet, Mattie Stepanek. Jack was fortunate to photograph the author years ago at Mattie’s home. It’s a great quote because it rings true. Partnerships and collaborations, especially in the arts, can produce wonderful […]

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Follow The Money

“When you know the truth it will drive you insane …” so said Aldous Huxley and who are we to argue with Huxley. Ask anyone involved in the creation, appropriation, infringement, adjudication, sales or licensing of intellectual property this simple question: “To what do you attribute the increased amount of stealing or infringing on the works […]

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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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