Copyright

House Bill Introduced for Copyright Small Claims

Photographers in the United States are now one step closer toward seeing a copyright small claims system for pursuing infringements on a smaller scale. A new bipartisan House bill has introduced the CASE Act, which stands for the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017.”

I Shot a Hurricane Irma Photo That Went Viral, and I Wasn’t Paid a Dime

My name is Michael Sechler, and I’m a photography enthusiast based in Sarasota, Florida. I recently shot a Hurricane Irma photo that went viral and was used by media all over the world… and I wasn’t paid a dime. Here’s why.

Unsplash CEO Tries to Justify Copyright Grab | PDNPulse

The co-founder and CEO of Unsplash, the photo-sharing platform that asks contributing photographers to grant free licenses to their images, attempted to justify the company’s terms of use in a blog post written last week. The post follows outrage by professional photographers, who blasted the company on social media. Unsplash’s terms are terrible for photographers, both amateur and professional. (Read our previous post here for more on those terms.)

PETA Giving Up on Monkey Selfie Copyright Claim? | PDNPulse

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and photographer David Slater have told a federal court in San Francisco that they are on the verge of settling PETA’s copyright infringement claim over the infamous monkey selfie.

China Is the Biggest Photo Copyright Abusing Country, Study Finds

China is the country that ranks highest in the world for copyright infringement of digital photos. That’s according to a new study by image theft detection platform Copytrack. France and the United States follow in second and third place, respectively.

Photographer’s Copyright Suit Against Richard Prince’s ‘Instagram Art’ To Go Ahead

In 2014, controversial artist Richard Prince had an exhibit of reappropriated Instagram images at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC, selling the prints for up to $100k each. He sought no permission for the Instagram images used, which led to photographer Donald Graham suing for copyright infringement. A judge has now ruled the suit can proceed.

Now That You’re Outraged, Register Your Damn Copyright – PhotoShelter Blog

In the US, a photographer does own the copyright the moment he/she presses the shutter. But damages for willful infringement are generally capped at the market value. Presumably $25 in Dubler’s case since that is the precedent he set. But when you register your image with the US Copyright Office, you can be awarded up to $150,000 per image for a willful infringement plus legal costs.

Court Refuses to Dismiss Photojournalist’s Complaint Against Clothing Company for DMCA Violation

Photojournalist Matilde Gattoni filed a lawsuit against the clothing company Tibi on the grounds of copyright infringement and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Gattoni alleged that Tibi had posted part of one of her photographs on its Instagram page along with the caption “Palette” and a camera emoji, and also tagged her Instagram handle without her permission (side by side comparison below, with Gattoni’s original photo on the left). 

51 Times That the Aggregator Distractify Says Its Copyright Was Violated – The New York Times

“It’s just a bit rich for Distractify to be claiming 22 Words is ripping off its content when we know at least some of its content is the work of others that they’ve essentially ripped off,” he said.

No, Blockchain Doesn’t Replace Copyright Registration – PhotoShelter Blog

But Binded isn’t the world’s first copyright platform. That title belongs to the US Copyright Office and their eCO (Electronic Copyright Office) system which has been around for a decade. In the US, only the US Copyright Office provides a legal method of registering your copyright.

It’s Not Porn, But It is Illegal – PhotoShelter Blog

The Verge published a piece about This is Not Porn, a website run by a Swedish designer Patrik Karlsson that features historical photos of celebrities in non-celebrity contexts. What started as a personal blog has grown over the past 7 years into a website with a social media presence on Twitter (28k followers) – successful enough to garner mainstream press coverage, and for Karlsson to solicit donations of $350 to pay for website hosting and “a beer or two.”

Forever 21 & Urban Outfitters Sued for $600,000 for Stealing Tupac Photos

Neither Forever 21 nor Urban Outfitters are strangers to copyright infringement lawsuits, both having been accused many times of stealing work from other artists. And it’s not just photos, back in 2015, we covered a lawsuit from Adobe against Forever 21, who were accused of pirating copies of Photoshop.

The Internet Is Where We Share — and Steal — the Best Ideas – The New York Times

For now, representatives for Issa Rae have told Vanity Fair that the Twitter users who came up with the concept will be credited in some way, and judging by their tweets, they seem to be satisfied with that recognition as adequate payment. Meanwhile, we can expect everyone else associated with the film to actually be paid

Danny Clinch Sues for Copyright Infringement of Tupac Shakur Photos | PDNPulse

Clinch, a noted music photographer, names five defendants, including an agent for Shakur’s estate, two merchandise manufacturers, and retailers Urban Outfitters and Forever 21, which allegedly sold the T-shirts in stores and online. Clinch is seeking statutory as well as actual damages, which he alleges to be in excess of $600,000, according to the lawsuit.

Copy, copy, copyright

The intellectual property rights on photographs are protected in different jurisdictions by the laws governing copyright and moral rights. In some cases photography may be restricted by civil or criminal law. Publishing certain photographs can be restricted by privacy or other laws. Photography of certain subject matter can be generally restricted in the interests of public morality and the protection of children.

3 Ways to Find Your Stolen Photos on the Web

If you’re posting your images online with any sort of regularity, they’re probably being stolen from time to time—it’s an unfortunate reality of the digital age. And so, photographer Anthony Morganti decided to create this video and share 3 basic ways to search for and find your stolen photos online.

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