Facebook is Testing a 'Rights Manager' Tool to Fight Photo Theft on Instagram

Facebook has announced an update to its 'Rights Manager' tool that will enable photographers to claim ownership over their most popular images, identify

“Today, we are introducing Rights Manager for Images, a new version of Rights Manager that uses image matching technology to help creators and publishers protect and manage their image content at scale,” reads the announcement. “To access Rights Manager, Page admins can submit an application for content they’ve created and want to protect. Rights Manager will find matching content on Facebook and Instagram.”
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Google’s New Licensable Images Features Are Officially Out! - PhotoShelter Blog

Google releases new licensable images features to help photographers looking to improve the discovery of their content and earn more.

Have you heard the news? Google Images released their new licensable images features earlier today, which will help photographers looking to improve the discovery of their content and potentially earn more.
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Instagram's Moral Imperative - PhotoShelter Blog

The past few years have made it abundantly clear that platforms hold disproportionate power in the online sphere – from Uber to Grubhub to Amazon. Online success is predicated on building both utility as well as a critical mass of users, and for that, pla

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood ruled against photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair, who is well-known for her “Too Young to Wed” photo essay, which turned into a non-profit of the same name. Mashable offered Sinclair $50 to use her image within a 2016 story titled “10 female photojournalists with their lenses on social justice.” When Sinclair declined, they embedded an Instagram image, and Sinclair sued knowing that the case law of Goldman v. Breitbart was on her side.

The Supreme Court Just Decided that States Cannot be Sued for Copyright Infringement

Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States dealt a major blow to photographer's copyright protections when it declared that states cannot be

The opinion came down as part of a writ of certiorari regarding the case of Allen v Cooper. A writ of certiorari is basically a review of a lower court’s decision, and in this case, the Supreme Court has upheld the decision by the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which decided that states are immune from copyright infringement lawsuits.
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Quick Tip: Register Your Copyright before Posting Photos to Social Media | PDNPulse

Social media practically encourages copyright infringement. Here's advice for protecting your copyright on Instagram and elsewhere.

If you don’t properly register your copyright for an image that you publish to Facebook, Instagram or another social media platform, you may be limiting your ability to collect damages from someone who steals your photograph. Why? As we explain in our story called “Social Media Copyright Registration: Don’t Get Burned,” U.S. copyright law gives photographers three months from the first date of publication of an image to register the copyright. Unless a photographer registers within three months of first publication, or prior to an infringement that takes place after that, they cannot sue copyright infringers for statutory damages of up to $150,000 per image plus attorney’s fees. Instead, the photographer will have to prove actual damages. That requires coming up with evidence that shows how much an infringer earned using an image—an arduous and expensive process.
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Copyright Troll Richard Liebowitz May Have Cost His Client A Ton Of Money, And Set An Expensive Precedent For Copyright Trolls

In the last couple of years, lawyer Richard Liebowitz has really made a name for himself in copyright trolling circles. He's quite aggressive, and even got a huge profile written about him at Slate, in which it notes that, unlike many trolls who...

Translated: If Mango/Liebowitz's final judgment is less favorable than the ~$1,000 Democracy Now! offered under Rule 68, then Mango is on the hook for all of Democracy Now's legal fees incurred after that offer was made. That is likely to be many thousands of dollars. As Booth Sweet notes, many courts have said that Rule 68 doesn't apply to copyright cases, but in Cote's latest ruling she says it does, and tells Liebowitz to post a bond for $50,000.
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R.I.P. Rights-Managed - Thoughts of a Bohemian

Goodbye creative rights-managed licenses, Getty Images calls it quits and closes the light...

Just a day after Shutterstock revealed declining profits, a Getty Images email sent to its contributors worldwide made its way to social media and public forum. In it, Getty explains that it will soon transform all remaining rights-managed images into Royalty-Free and cease accepting new ones. “”We have confidently concluded that the RM creative image licensing model no longer meets our customers’ needs,” writes the Seatle giant, “especially given the flexibility demanded by digital marketing and the increasing reuse of imagery, and it actually reduces our overall competitiveness.” In other words, rights-managed is too complicated and no longer adapted to the marketplace.
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