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Certain uses of protected content by online services – Thoughts of a Bohemian

That’s it; it’s done. The European Directive on Copyright is passed, and along with it, the infamous “Article 13”, now Article 17 in the latest document. However, what will it mean for photo agencies and independent photographers?

Certain uses of protected content by online services – Thoughts of a Bohemian

That’s it; it’s done. The European Directive on Copyright is passed, and along with it, the infamous “Article 13”, now Article 17 in the latest document. However, what will it mean for photo agencies and independent photographers?

EU Copyright Directive puts future of Google News in doubt – 9to5Google

The future of Google News in Europe is now in doubt as EU member states approved The EU Copyright Directive. The new law – which could see Google having to pay publishers to include brief snippets in search results – was previously passed by the European Parliament, but was subject to approval by individual countries.

Getty Images Sued Yet Again For Trying To License Public Domain Images | Techdirt

Well, now we’ve got another lawsuit against Getty over allegedly licensing public domain images. This one was brought by CixxFive Concepts, and… also seems to be a stretch. How much of a stretch? Well, it starts out by alleging RICO violations, and as Ken “Popehat” White always likes to remind everyone: IT’S NOT RICO, DAMMIT. This lawsuit is also not RICO and it’s not likely to get very far.

Ariana Grande Strikes Back at ‘Greedy’ Photogs with Full Copyright Grab

TMZ reports that Grande’s new concert photo policy resulted from years of being “exploited” by people profiting from their concert photos of her.

Europe Adopts Tough New Online Copyright Rules Over Tech Industry Protests – The New York Times

On Tuesday, the media industry got some help on that front with the European parliament’s adoption of a copyright law that requires technology platforms to sign licensing agreements with musicians, authors and news publishers in order to post their work online.

Supreme Court Denies Co Rentmeester’s Copyright Petition over Nike “Jumpman” | PDNPulse

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied photographer Co Rentmeester’s petition for a hearing on his copyright claim against Nike. The high court announced its decision this morning, but gave no reason for its refusal to hear the case.

Alleged Copyright Infringer Hits Back Against Photographer Tom Hussey | PDNPulse

A Florida businessman accused by photographer Tom Hussey of copyright infringement has struck back, accusing Hussey of committing “fraud on the court” by repeatedly suing over a photograph that isn’t properly registered. The defendant, Charles Ngo of Miami, charges Hussey and the image tracking service ImageRights International with “shaking down people for money where there is no such entitlement.”

RNC Didn’t Infringe Photographer’s Copyright, Montana Judge Rules | PDNPulse

The Republican National Committee has fended off a copyright claim in Montana, convincing a judge that unauthorized use of an image to criticize a Democratic candidate was fair use. In a decision that will upset photographers and copyright advocates, Montana judge Dana L. Christensen sided with the Republican National Committee (RNC) in a 2017 lawsuit filed by Missoula, Montana-based photographer Erika Peterman. Peterman accused the RNC of willful copyright infringement for their use of Peterman’s photo of congressional candidate Rob Quist in a mailer that criticized and mocked Quist, a Democrat. The RNC argued fair use, and the court agreed, saying the RNC had transformed the work and had not undermined Peterson’s ability to profit from the image in the future.

Can Photographers Fight “Fake News” by Asserting Authorship? | PDNPulse

What can professional photographers do to make sure their photos are not only seen but also trusted? Fred Ritchin, dean emeritus of the International Center of Photography and author, addressed what he called “the post-photographic challenge” at a salon, sponsored by Visura, the visual storytelling platform and grantmaker. Ritchin has been decrying the erosion of the public trust in photography since 1982, when National Geographic scanned and retouched a cover photo to move two pyramids at Giza closer together. The crisis of confidence is more acute now, at a time when the U.S. President and his supporters dismiss news they don’t like as “fake,” and AI can fabricate images of people and events (Ritchin showed several AI-generated “portraits” on the website thispersondoesnotexist.com).

Photographers, Beware: Kodak Subsidiary Is Grabbing Copyrights | PDNPulse

A Kodak-owned photo assignment agency is requiring its participating photographers to relinquish all copyrights and moral rights to all assignment images—including outtakes. Photographers must also assume all legal risks of their assignments. And they risk not getting paid if clients don’t like the images they produce.

Beyond “more copyright”: how do we improve artists’ lives and livelihoods through policy? / Boing Boing

Last year while I was on tour in Australia with my novel Walkaway, I sat down for an interview with legal scholar Rebecca Giblin (previously), whose Authors’ Interest project studies how we would craft copyright (and other policies) if we wanted to benefit creators, rather than enriching corporations; we talked about the power and limits of copyright to benefit authors, and how other policies, like antitrust, are crucial to getting authors their fair share.