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.”

The 3 news that matter this week – Thoughts of a Bohemian

Late last week, Getty announced a global licensing agreement with Google. While this wouldn’t rattle anyone’s news alert  (anyone can license images to Google), it is the terms that are of importance. Apparently, Getty got the search giant to do a better job at protecting photographer’s copyright. By removing the direct link to the location of the high-resolution image used for the search result thumbnail and by increasing the font of the “Images may be subject to copyright.” message. As neither were live at the moment of this posting, we couldn’t verify.

Google to Tweak Image Search to Help Protect Photographer Copyrights

The changes were reportedly decided on through a partnership between Google and the stock photo agency Getty Images, which has been lodging “anti-competitive” complaints against Google in the US and EU for making high-resolution stock photos easily downloadable through Google Images.

New Makeover for Group Registration of Photographs: 6 Takeaways | PDNPulse

Calling all photographers! Starting February 20, 2018, the U.S. Copyright Office will implement a new rule affecting how groups of photographs are registered. The rule aims to modernize and streamline the registration process for group registrations of photographs, but also implements other important changes.

Jessica Simpson Sued for Posting Paparazzi Pic of Herself on Instagram

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the rights to the photo were being handled by Splash News, which licensed the photos of Simpson leaving the Bowery Hotel in New York to The Daily Mail. After the Mail‘s story was published on August 9th, 2017, a copy of one of the photos was posted to Simpson’s social media accounts.

Copyright Registration to be Limited to 750 Photos Per Claim: A Big Fee Hike for Some

The US Copyright Office has just announced new rules regarding the group registration of photographs. One of the biggest changes is the fact that only 750 unpublished photos can be registered at a time with each claim, when previously there was no limit. For photographers who regularly register extremely large batches of unpublished photos, copyright registration will soon be much more expensive.

Grumpy Cat Wins $710,000 in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Grumpy Cat, the Internet favorite feline whose photos have been widely used in memes, has been awarded $710,000 in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

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Why Photographers Shouldn’t Use Blockchain Copyright Services

Not everyone is convinced that blockchain is a desirable solution for protecting your creative rights. One such skeptic is attorney Leslie Burns, who penned a long blog post highlighting the many pitfalls of using the new technology.

Steidl Ordered to Pay Photog $77K for 49 Lost Prints | PDNPulse

A German court has ordered the book publisher Steidl to pay photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald €65,000 ($77,392) in damages for accidentally discarding or destroying 49 portfolio prints, according to an Artnet News report.

European Press Agencies to Google, Facebook: Pay Up | PDNPulse

Nine European press agencies on Wednesday published an op-ed in Le Monde arguing that Google and Facebook should be required to pay copyright royalties on the third-party news and information they distribute and profit from. The article was published as the European Parliament is debating new legislation that would, according to Agence France-Presse, “make Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major players pay for the millions of news articles they use or link to.” The arguments laid out in the statement should have photojournalists, editorial photographers and anyone who cares about the fate of media organizations in the digital age, nodding in unison.

Instagram Freebooting Is Out of Control and the Company Is Letting It Happen | Fstoppers

As Instagram evolves, copyright violations don’t seem to be an issue for this social media giant. More images mean more views which mean more ad revenue, and there is zero incentive for Instagram to take any serious action against reposters, lost as it is in this huge gray area of what constitutes a breach of intellectual property.

When a Copyright Infringement Search Tool Gets Its Copyright Infringed

My name is Leila Boujnane, and I’m the CEO of TinEye, a reverse image search tool many photographers use to find copyright infringements on the Internet. This post is about how not even copyright infringement search tools are immune to copyright infringement.

Federal Court Sustains Vivian Maier Copyright Claim | PDNPulse

A federal court in Chicago has ruled that the Vivian Maier Estate can proceed with copyright infringement and other claims against defendant Jeffrey Goldstein, who allegedly sold prints, set up exhibitions and licensed Maier’s images without authorization.

What To Do If Someone Steals Your Photograph

In a PhotoPlus Expo panel, photographers John Harrington and Jeff Sedlik laid out a number of useful strategies that photographers can take when their images are stolen. Both took pains to emphasize that they are not lawyers and their suggestions and strategies should not be construed as legal advice. Let us relay the same: your first and best recourse when someone steals your photos isn’t this article, it’s a lawyer.

Photographer Sues CBS for Copyright Infringement, CBS Sues Back

There’s a strange legal battle going on right now between a photographer and a giant online media company. After being sued by the photographer for infringing on his photo copyrights, CBS has responded by filing its own copyright infringement lawsuit against the photographer… for sharing 59-year-old TV show still frames on social media.

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.”