Archive for category Paperwork

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

We all like to dream of finding a buried treasure, either a trunk buried in the beach left behind by pirates or a stash of gold coins buried in the backyard, like the Saddle Ridge Hoard. The hoard is 1,427 gold coins found in Sierra Nevada, California in 2013 worth an estimated $10 million dollars. […]

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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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Hip Hop Hop – Part 4 of 3

We are adding a 4th part to our 3-part article, as we received an e-mail doubting the authenticity of the practices of #2 in part 3. We were discussing how companies use social media, while hiding the fact that it’s them posting stuff. We wrote: “Companies make their own posts under a variety of methods […]

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The Hip Hop Hop – Part 2

The music industry likes to claim how valuable their copyrights are one day and then claim that your copyrights are worth next to nothing the next. They try Hip Hop one day and then Hop Hip the next. It’s the ole Hip Hop Hop. In this column we’ll discuss that great proverb, “turnaround is fair […]

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The Big Lie of Arbitration

There are many “big lies” out there with new ones sprouting every day. We try to get to as many as we can, but we’ll never live long enough just to cover all of the ones already spreading. Especially with the help they get on the Internet. “It must be true, I read it on […]

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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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Stop is Go and Up is Down

You are driving down a busy thoroughfare when you see a stop sign and act accordingly.  Your fellow citizens driving in similar type cars see the very same sign and read it as “Go”. Perhaps you find yourself entering elevators clearly seeing the word ” up” while others just as literate as you are looking at the very same signage and just […]

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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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That Ole Dog Still Hunts

Among all of the other benefits of registering your copyright, one of the practical reasons is that registration brings with it the legal presumption that you are the creator. The burden is thus placed on an infinger to disprove the validity of your registration. Typically this is very, very difficult. In other words, “very not easy”. […]

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Picasso Never Had a Day Rate

There is an oft-told story of Picasso drawing on a napkin. If you Google “Picasso Napkin Drawing” you’ll find endless variations of the story. Here’s the short version: Someone sees Picasso at a café and asks him to draw something on a napkin. Picasso complies and signs it. Pablo then says, “$25,000 please”. (Sometimes the […]

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