Copyright

I Opted Out at 500px But Getty Images is Selling My Photos Anyway

I immediately went back in to my 500px settings to check the licensing option, but this was definitely turned off. I then raised a support request with 500px to ask for the image to be removed and also explain why, despite opting out of licensing, this image had been taken by Getty to sell.

Court Rules Copying Photos Found on Internet is Fair Use

A Virginia federal court has made a decision that photographers won’t be happy to hear: the court ruled that finding a photo on the Internet and then using it without permission on a commercial website can be considered fair use.

500px Nukes 1M+ Creative Commons Photos

500px just shut down its Marketplace stock photo platform in favor of selling photos directly through Getty Images and VCG, as the company announced a month ago. And as part of the major change, 500px has wiped out over 1 million of the Creative Commons photos photographers had uploaded to the service.

Article 13 : What does it mean for photos ? – Kaptur

Just this past week, the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs approved amendments to EU’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Among which is included the infamous Article 13 which ” creates an obligation on information society service providers storing and giving access to large amounts of works and other subject-matter uploaded by their users to take appropriate and proportionate measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rightsholders and to prevent the availability on their services of content identified by rightsholders in cooperation with the service providers”.

Photographers Organize Against New York Times Rights Grab | PDNPulse

New York Times contributors have organized against an attempted rights grab by the newspaper, issued in the form of a work-for-hire contract for the production of drone footage. Through social media, several prize-winning photographers who shoot for the Times are urging fellow photographers not to sign the contract. They’ve also started a petition—which they say more than 130 photographers have signed—to put pressure on The New York Times to negotiate new contract terms.

Illegal memes? Weak Safe Harbor? Unpacking the proposed EU copyright overhaul | Ars Technica

“Modern copyright rules fit for the digital age” is how the European Commission describes its proposals for the first major overhaul of EU copyright law since 2001. But a wide range of startups and industry, academic, digital activist and human rights groups believe that key elements of the proposals will cause serious harm to the functioning of the Internet in the EU and beyond. A vote taking place next week in the key European Parliament JURI committee will determine the likely shape of the law.

The EU’s Copyright Proposal is Extremely Bad News for Everyone, Even (Especially!) Wikipedia | Electronic Frontier Foundation

The pending update to the EU Copyright Directive is coming up for a committee vote on June 20 or 21 and a parliamentary vote either in early July or late September. While the directive fixes some longstanding problems with EU rules, it creates much, much larger ones: problems so big that they threaten to wreck the Internet itself.

5 Common Copyright Misconceptions Held by Photographers – PhotoShelter Blog

The most recent version of the Copyright Law of the United States (December 2016) weighs in at a whopping 354 pages. And while there are areas of ambiguity, the basics and benefits of copyright registration for photographers are well-documented. Unfortunately, well-documented doesn’t mean well-understood, so we asked attorney (and former photo rep) Leslie Burns to weigh in on a number of common copyright misconceptions that still persist, and why you should register your copyright.

Your Copyright Registration Fee Might Double to $100 – PhotoShelter Blog

But after hiring Booz Allen to complete a cost study analysis, the Copyright Office has proposed increasing the fee to $100 per registration while maintaining the 750 image limit. The fee was last raised in 2014 from $35 to $55.

Licensed or Not? A Closer Look at the Fox News Flood Footage Fiasco – PhotoShelter Blog

A Fox News spokesperson told PetaPixel via email that they used “APTN as the source for the images on all our coverage over the weekend – including the photo in question. We licensed the footage through AP’s licensing service, APTN, who made this material available to all their subscribers.”

He Said No, Fox News Used His Images Anyway – PhotoShelter Blog

As the social media coordinator for Howard County Recreation and Parks and contributing journalist to the Baltimore Beat, Robinson was no stranger to social media norms and intellectual property rights. So when he received a request for free publication of his work on “Fox News Network, LLC &  Fox News Edge affiliates use on all platforms” in exchange for credit, he responded quickly and tersely.

It Took 17 Years: Freelancers Receive $9 Million in Copyright Suit – The New York Times

“We’ve been at the finish line for this lawsuit for a very long time, and so it is great that it’s finally happening,” said the writer James Gleick, the president of the Authors Guild and one of the named plaintiffs in the case. “But it’s also certainly a victory tinged with bitterness, because 17 years doesn’t make sense.”

Photographer Wins Monkey Selfie Copyright Case, Court Slams PETA

Photographer David Slater has won his legal battle over that monkey selfie. A US appeals court ruled Monday that US copyright law doesn’t allow animals to file copyright infringement lawsuits.

Court Refuses to Toss Lawsuit Between Monkey and Photographer

Photographer David Slater’s legal nightmare surrounding that monkey selfie snapped in 2011 isn’t over. A US court has decided not to toss the copyright lawsuit filed against Slater by PETA on the monkey’s behalf, despite Slater and PETA reaching a settlement last year.

Photographer: Beware ImageRights International

Notable American photographer Kalliope Amorphous has published a warning to other photographers who are considering protecting their copyright using ImageRights International. She accuses the company of an “egregious grab” that forces photographers to use the company’s legal services.

Proof of Existence Is Not Proof of Ownership – Thoughts of a Bohemian

There is a dangerous movement afoot; the idea that registration of your images on the blockchain is a cheap and simple alternative to registration with the United States Copyright Office.  It is not.

Getty Licensing Deal with Google Suggests Thawing of Relations | PDNPulse

Getty Images has announced a partnership with Google that includes a multi-year deal licensing deal. In a statement released by Getty on Friday, the two companies exchanged pleasantries, but offered few details about the deal. The “collaborative relationship” between the companies, said Getty CEO Dawn Airey, will allow Getty to work “closely with [Google] to improve attribution of our contributors’ work and thereby [grow] the ecosystem.”

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