Photo Attorney

Jun 10, 2009

Quicklinks - Rights Grabs, No Photography Allowed, and Copyright Infringements

Photography Not Allowed

The Seattle Times reports: A photographer who was frisked, handcuffed, and detained by police after she snapped photographs of power lines has settled a lawsuit she filed against the city for $8,000.

Article by Nigel Hanson, media lawyer at Foot Anstey (United Kingdom): "When does street photography trigger privacy rights?"

Rights Grabs

EPUK reports: Renowned photographer, Simon Norfolk, pulled out of a major National Trust photographic project in protest over rights-grabbing terms in photo competition.

Tel Aviv in Focus Photo Contest: "By submitting your photo, you are giving the Federation rights to reproduce and use your image in any way."

National Geographic Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest: "By entering a photo in this Contest, Entrant grants a nonexclusive, transferable, royalty-free, worldwide license Sponsor and Energizer to edit, adapt and publish such photo in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, and Sponsor may use the photo in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest for advertising, marketing and promotional purposes in commerce and in any and all media now known or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without attribution, compensation, permission or further notification to the entrant, his/her successors or assigns, or any other entity, unless prohibited by law." Ed. note: It's good, however, that these terms limit the uses to those related to the Contest.

Peterman's Eye: "2. By posting or submitting content on or to the website (regardless of the form or medium), you are giving Peterman's Eye Publishing, and its affiliates, agents and third party contractors a nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, sub licensable, royalty-free license to use, store, display, publish, transmit, transfer, distribute, reproduce, rearrange, edit, modify, aggregate your content with other content, create derivative works of and publicly perform that content for any purpose on and through each of the services provided by Peterman's Eye and/or on other websites owned by Peterman's Eye Publishing or its affiliates or partners. This license shall apply to the distribution and the storage of your content in any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed."

Tagged.com: "Although Tagged does not claim ownership of content that its Member's may provide to Tagged, by providing content to Tagged, Members automatically grant, and represent and warrant that they have the right to grant, to Tagged a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, and fully sublicenseable, license to use, copy, perform, display, and distribute said content."

Copyright Infringements-Violation of Right of Publicity

The Detroit News reports: Laszlo Regos alleges Wayne State University Press unlawfully copied his photographs for a recent book about Detroit's landmark Guardian Building.

Extraordinarymommy.com reports: A family photo was copied from the Internet and used for advertisement in Czechoslovakia.

Thanks to Cynthia Haselton, Mike Czupryn, Bryan Ghows, Chris Rabior, Steve Upperman, Damon D'Amato, Paulo Rodrigues, Aaron Wulf, and Michael Gordon, for submitting these topics.