Category: Copyright

  • Turning the Tables on the Associated Press


    The AP threatened to sue Brian C. Ledbetter for reproducing their photos without authorization. But they didn’t ask permission before they grabbed Ashley Dupre’s pictures.

    Check it out here.

  • The Ashley Dupre Pics and Fair Use – Media Orchard

    one thing’s clear: Fair use is a more muddled mess than ever.

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  • Copyright Action | for photographers & photograph users


    EPUK, the mailing list and website for professional editorial photographers, has launched Copyright Action, a website community and educational resource that wants to become the intellectual property equivalent of Crimestoppers.

    Check it out here.

  • Photo Attorney: 10 Important Legal Issues for Photographers

    When photography is your business, you need to know more than about shutter speed or aperture. Consider this quick checklist of 10 important legal issues before you next click your shutter.

    Check it out here.

  • Press Taps MySpace For Photos Of Spitzer Call Girl


    When a prostitute hired by former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was identified Wednesday, news outlets eagerly published photos grabbed from her MySpace profile.
    Can they get away with that?

    Check it out here.

  • National Geographic Renews Legal War Over Digital Archive – emedia and Technology @


    “It’s the archive that’s at stake,” Angelo Grima, senior vice president and deputy general counsel for the National Geographic Society, said during a panel on digital rights at the Magazine Publishers of America’s Magazines 24/7 conference at the Hearst Tower Thursday. “We’ll go to the Supreme Court if we have to, because our archive is that important to us.”
    The litigation, now entering its 11th year, has seen more twists than a John Grisham novel. The 11th Circuit first ruled in 2001 in favor of Jerry Greenberg, a freelance photographer whose work had appeared in National Geographic (in 1962, 1968 and 1971) and then on CD. Subsequent cases in the 2nd Circuit ruled in favor of National Geographic. In 2004, a Florida judge awarded Greenburg $400,000 in damages; National Geographic appealed. Last year, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit overruled the 2001 decision in favor of National Geographic, but Greenburg asked for—and was granted—a full court review.

    Check it out here.

  • Photo Attorney: Q&A – Copyright Registration Issues

    The courts have not spoken directly on whether images on a website are considered “published” for copyright registration. It may depend on whether your photos are posted behind password protected pages and/or are for sale, but considering them as published is the safest way to register your photos.

    Check it out here.

  • Jim M. Goldstein – EXIF and Beyond: Lawrence Lessig Interview


    This episode features an interview with Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, co-director of the law school’s Center for Internet and Society, author of “Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity” and founder of Creative Commons. In this conversation Professor Lessig, with a focus on photography, discusses the purpose & objective of Creative Commons, his perspective on copyright law, addresses the question “How if at all the adoption of Creative Commons is hurting photographers? and shares more information about the recently announced CC+ license.

    Check it out here.

  • It's time to overhaul copyright law | Technology |

    cory doctorow in the guardian:

    We need to stop shoe-horning cultural use into the little carve-outs in copyright, such as fair dealing and fair use. Instead we need to establish a new copyright regime that reflects the age-old normative consensus about what’s fair and what isn’t at the small-scale, hand-to-hand end of copying, display, performance and adaptation.

    Check it out here.

  • Photo Attorney: Batch Processing of Your Photos for Copyright Registration and Adding Metadata


    Photo Attorney: Batch Processing of Your Photos for Copyright Registration and Adding Metadata

    During my interview with Photo Talk Radio last week, I mentioned Bert Krages’ Photoshop Action to batch process your photos (reduce their file size) for copyright registration with the U.S. Copyright Office. He also provides steps to add copyright notice metadata to your photo files


  • State of the Art: Marilyn Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

    01152008picture_5.png State of the Art: Marilyn Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: “The law firm of Loeb & Loeb didn’t waste any time in striking back at the heirs of photographers who once photographed Marilyn Monroe. Loeb & Loeb represents the company called Marilyn Monroe LLC, which over the past couple of decades has claimed ownership of the late actress’s ‘rights of publicity.’”
  • Dude, That Is So Not Funny

    Wired: It worked. After making a splash on YTMND, the Lohan Facial, as it was dubbed, popped up on eBaum’s World. While YTMND includes author credits with each clip, eBaum’s World didn’t bother to give Lutz a shout-out. “What really pissed me off was that they placed their own watermark on it,” Lutz says, “as if they created it.” Bauman says he was simply indicating that his site was hosting a video that had been submitted without a watermark. But Lutz was hardly alone in his anger. For years, contributors to viral-media sites including Something Awful and Newgrounds had reported similar treatment. “There’s a history of [eBaum’s World] screwing over other authors and other sites,” says YTMND founder Max Goldberg. Here.
  • Battling the Copyright Monster

    From Wired: First of all, documentaries are incredibly important records of our history and culture. They’re visual histories, and they’re increasingly based on copyrighted culture. Our book describes several instances in which the telling of that history has been thwarted by permissions issues. An example is Jon Else having to pay $10,000 for a four-and-a-half-second clip of The Simpsons playing in the background of his film (Sing Faster: The Stagehands’ Ring Cycle). The makers of Mad Hot Ballroom had to pay that same amount to EMI because a cell phone rings in the background of one of the scenes, and the ringtone is the theme from Rocky. These examples really resonate with people. They understand that these are instances where copyright is not working the way it’s supposed to. Here.
  • The Pirate Bay: Here to Stay?

    From Wired: “All of us who run the TPB are against the copyright laws and want them to change,” said “Brokep,” a Pirate Bay operator. “We see it as our duty to spread culture and media. Technology is just a means to doing that.” Here.
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