Posts Tagged Copyright infringement

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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Infringers Feeling Their Feet Getting Warm

Readers of our columns and attendees at our seminars well know that A) theft of copyrighted images is rampant and B) you can do something about it. The effects of thousands of successful claims and lawsuits brought by photographers and illustrators against record companies, newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs etc., is having the deterrent value we predicted. […]

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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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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 Hip Hop Hop – Part 1

The story about how the record industry treats infringers and the lessons that photographers can learn from their efforts is so big, so good, we’re devoting 3 articles to it. The recording industry is under many of the same pressures as the photo biz. Movie studios actually make the same efforts but it’s harder to […]

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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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1.6 Million Reasons To Pay 35$

Andrew Paul Leonard is a photographer and one of Ed’s clients.  Mr. Leonard is also an electron micrographer. Shooting through an electron microscope he is one of the precious few professional photographers in the world who can both use scanning electron microscope and then create color images of stem cells.  The black and white image […]

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He Who Hesitates Has Lost

A skeleton walks into a doctor’s office. Doctor says, “Now you come to see me”? Those of you who have attended our seminars know that we advise, urge, stress, cajole, beg and even plead with photographers and models who are owed money by clients to get thee to a lawyer ASAP. There is no good […]

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Charity Should Start at Home

Yet again, we wouldn’t believe it, other than the fact we do believe it because it has happened before. Once more a photographer who apparently had his work infringed and thinks that having the infringer make a small charitable donation rather than pursue his rights in court is a good idea. Yeah, good (actually great) […]

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You Gotta Be Kidding Me

We got a link today from Katrin Eismann, pointing us to David Walker’s article in PDN regarding a second photographer finding an infringement and allowing the infringing company to make a $10,000 charitable donation.  Oh, this sounds warm and fuzzy, and feel good, but as photographers we’re being made fools of.   This could be […]

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