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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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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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Readers Beware, Lawyers Are Not Judges

The photo website, Petapixel, recently ran an article on a photo that was allegedly copied by a pharmaceutical company in Germany. The usual cesspool of bad information and tribal wisdom was sprinkled in the comments section. Petapixel to their credit ran a follow up piece, written by a lawyer. A lawyer in Memphis, whose trial […]

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False Prophets and Lost Profits

The bible warns, “beware false prophets”. As we like to rephrase it, beware some lawyers as false prophets, as they will diminish your profits. Our story starts with Ed suing a stock agency on behalf of a photographer who claimed that he/she had not been paid nor received royalty statements. (Something he has done too […]

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The Highsmith vs Getty Saga Begins

Jerry Seinfield showed us that a TV show about nothing could be worth something, like more than 3 Billion (with a capital B) dollars. That’s the syndication revenue from 1995 to 2014 as referenced here. We now see a lawsuit, Carol M. Highsmith v. Getty Images (and others including Picscout which Getty owns) seeking one […]

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Arbitration, Deflategate and You

Our past articles on the myths of arbitration resonates with us in the infamous NFL Deflategate case. We’ve always said that in most cases, photographers and artists would be better off in court, rather than go to arbitration. So here we go again. (You can read our previous articles here, here, and lastly, here) A […]

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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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Hip Hop Hop – Part 3

Now in the third and final installment of this 3 part series, we’ll demonstrate how musicians and their “people” use the basics of copyright law mixed with their intimate knowledge of how risk adverse photographers typically are, to attack photographers who have taken the offensive. In the real world when faced with the fire-power of a major or even […]

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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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Is #Foodporn Copyright Infringement?

Interesting question brought up in the National Law Review article here. It’s about the food porn people shoot and upload in restaurants all the time. And we mean ALL THE TIME. The article looks at the legalities of photographing a creative “sculpture” of food, a creative plating of food, or maybe a unique pasta shape. […]

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