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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Adobe Wants to Help Authenticate Your Photos. What Should Photographers Think? - PhotoShelter Blog

At Adobe MAX 2019, Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky announced the Content Authenticity Initiative – a nascent and ambiguously defined way for attribution to travel with an image and allow consumers to know, in the words of Adobe VP Dana Rao, that “the c

Adobe’s motivation for addressing this problem seems sincere, and they undoubtedly have many smart people thinking about the issue. Hopefully they will be able to persuade a critical mass of companies to join the initiative and develop and deploy the technologies needed to make it a success.
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The great collapse of copyright - Thoughts of a Bohemian

If major stock photo agencies ignore image copyright, then who will ? Separate but similar events of the last month show an alarming trend..

One of the foundations of photo agencies is to provide its customers with safe, secure, properly vetted visual content. In exchange for a fee, clients of photo agencies are offered images they can use in full blissful confidence. Or so you thought.
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Major CASE Act Copyright Legislation Passed by Senate Judiciary Committee

The CASE Act, a major piece of legislation that would introduce a small claims court for copyright infringement cases, has officially been passed by

This is a major step forward for the copyright legislation, which was introduced by a bi-partisan group of senators from Louisiana, North Carolina, Illinois and Hawaii. As of now, defending your copyrights means taking your case to federal court—a complicated and expensive proposition. If passed, the CASE Act would remedy this by establishing a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office, making it much easier and cheaper to defend your copyrights in court.
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Time Inc. Settles with Photographer in Case of Tweeted Tom Brady Pic | PDNPulse

By settling, Time effectively ends appeals in the case, which has implications for how publishers display copyrighted images hosted on social media or other servers.

Photographer Justin Goldman has reached a settlement with Time Inc., one of the nine defendants in a copyright infringement case involving the common practice of publications “embedding” Tweets in articles. The settlement effectively ends any further appeals in the case, which has implications for how publishers share and display copyrighted images hosted on social media servers and other websites.

Appeals Court Reverses Controversial Fair Use Ruling in Copyright Case | PDNPulse

In Brammer v. Violent Hues case, appeals court says unauthorized use of a photo to promote a film festival was not fair use.

A U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s finding of fair use in the case of Brammer v. Violent Hues. The lower court had rejected photographer Russel Brammer’s claim of infringement after his photo was used without permission to promote a film festival.

We All Work for Facebook

Digital labor is valuable even when we do it for free. Should we get paid?

Today’s media is ruled by a handful of corporations with enormous market power. One thing that makes these companies so valuable is how few people they employ, relatively speaking, for each dollar earned. A New York Times analysis last year found that Facebook makes just a hair under $635,000 in profit for each of its 25,000 employees. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, makes about $158,000 per worker. (At Walmart, it’s $4,288.) These calculations often get spun as representing a victory for automation and algorithms—machines, rather than humans, creating value. But the truth is, these media companies have billions of people working for them—they’re just not on staff. Whenever you post a photo on Instagram, write an Amazon review, or skim through complaints about potholes on your neighborhood’s Facebook group, you’re helping generate profit for the world’s richest corporations. A growing movement is making the case that you ought to get paid for it.
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Certain uses of protected content by online services - Thoughts of a Bohemian

The european directive on copyright has been approved. what will it mean for photo agencies and independent photographers?

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?
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Certain uses of protected content by online services - Thoughts of a Bohemian

The european directive on copyright has been approved. what will it mean for photo agencies and independent photographers?

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?
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