Fool’s Gold – Part 2

And so, the story continues. 4. Does Their Pitch Make Sense? “You keep using that word, I do not think It means what you think it means”.  – says Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) from the classic film, “The Princess Bride”. It is an invaluable phrase to call out someone’s incorrect use of a word, phrase or concept. Use of […]

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Copyright Registration Fee Increase Proposal

Just as we thought the change in registration that took effect on February 20, 2018 was bad, limiting group registration to 750 images, we’re now reading proposals that will raise the group registration fee to $100 per application. Some readers are sending us notes that it’s going up to $75, but that’s for standard registrations. […]

Fool’s Gold – Part 1

Photographers seem to leave their brains in their gadget bags when it comes to reading ads and solicitations from companies – both foreign and domestic – that claim to search for copyright infringements on behalf of photographers.  Visions of receiving wads of cash from the infringers with no lawyers, no aggravation and “no effort at all […]

B&H Q&A Live Stream May 16th

Here we go again! Once again we’re at B&H to do a copyright/releases/legal Q&A free streaming session. Wednesday May 16th at 4:00 to 6:00PM ET. It’s getting to be a regular gig for us. There is so much bad info or simple misunderstanding of what a photographer’s rights and options are when it comes to […]

What!!?? Lawyer Ads Can Be Misleading!

Masters of the art of deception include magicians, real estate sales people, advertising executives and of course, attorneys.  Ironically, photographers, models and illustrators who work regularly with ad agencies, are often and easily deceived by advertising! One would think that the experience of interacting with Madison Avenue ad men would be an excellent teacher. Wrong. The […]

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Trolls Who Live Under Bridges Upset By Judge’s Comparison

Here’s an example of why even Ed is not a fan of lawyers in general.  You’ll never find him having a beer with an adversary either. In a copyright infringement case brought in the Federal Court in Manhattan – formally The United States District Court for The Southern District of New York, entitled Matthew McDermott […]

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Court Decision On Embedding Images

What follows is our attempt to explain – in plain English – the facts and possible consequences of a case which has received a tremendous amount of attention in the photo, advertising, social media and publishing communities.  We believe that the interest generated by this well-publicized decision is likely disproportionate to the effects, in any, […]

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The Buck Finally Stops, With A Cherry on Top, Yay!

Sorry for mixing bad idioms in the title, but we’re over the moon with a final decision on Andrew Paul Leonard’s lawsuit. We have done three articles on his 1.6 million dollar award for actual damages (only) in a copyright infringement case.  The links are at the end of this article if you wish to review […]

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Check Our Guest Blog on Kelby’s Site

Check out our guest blog today on Scott Kelby’s blog. Check it out here. Going over a bunch of current issues in our piece. Thanks for use of the hall Scott!

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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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