Photo Attorney

Jul 28, 2009

Quicklinks from Around the World

  • If you're a British citizen or resident, check out the petition to the Prime Minister to ban companies from grabbing the intellectual property rights to photographs in carefully worded competition terms and conditions.
  • Great Quote: "Stealing the intellectual property of others is no different from any other form of thievery," U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O'Connor stated. "It is a priority of this Office and the Department of Justice to protect the intellectual property rights of our nation's inventors and creators."
  • reports that East Sussex, UK County Council insists that speed camera photographs are copyrighted material that may not be published. The question is whether they contain the modest amount of originality required for copyright protection.
  • MySpace updated its Terms of Use in June and appropriately limits its license:
By posting any Content on, through or in connection with the MySpace Services, you hereby grant to MySpace a limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content solely on, through or in connection with the MySpace Services . . . . This limited license does not grant MySpace the right to sell or otherwise distribute your Content outside of the MySpace Services or Linked Services.
. . . [Y]ou agree that by posting messages, uploading text, graphics, photographs, images, video or audio files, inputting data, or engaging in any other form of communication with or through the Website, you grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, translate, enhance, transmit, distribute, publicly perform, display, or sublicense any such communication (including your identity and information about you) in any medium (now in existence or hereinafter developed) and for any purpose, including commercial purposes, and to authorize others to do so.
By entering, you grant to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use your submission, along with your name and likeness, in any and all media for any purpose, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law).

  • The AP reports that Tiburon, CA, plans to photograph every car and use the license plate information to solve crimes.

Thanks to Steve Griffin, Larry Works, Bryan Broyles, Bradford A. Patrick, Esq., and Debra Frieden for submitting these topics.