Christopher Boffoli is a Seattle-based photographer who has been dealing with infringements for a while. He’s got a new claim and was kind enough to share his story. He explains: This is in reference to a series of images that I’ve been shooting since 2002 that I call Big Appetites. The work features tiny figures photographed [...]
One of the first responses an infringer will have to a copyright infringement claim is that he didn’t know that he was infringing. He therefore will assert the “innocent infringement defense” under 17 USC 504(c)(2), which states in part: In a case where the infringer sustains the burden of proving, and the court finds, that such [...]
“It has been a generally accepted theory, but a false one, that infringement of copyright only takes place when copies are made for public sale or performance, and not when they are intended merely for personal use.” Musical News, vol. 8, pg. 314 (April 6, 1895). HT: Terry Hart over at Copyhype.com.
As a result of the recent unfortunate incident at the Reno Air Races, aviation photographers are wondering what are the laws and ethics for supplying images to the NTSB or other investigative body. Larry Grace, Chairman of the International Society for Aviation Photography, recently contacted me to discuss the issues. Our Q & A is included [...]
Frank Lehnerz was kind enough to recently send this unsolicited note: Dear Photo Attorney, I just purchased your book Photographer’s Legal Guide for my Kindle reader. I have to say the book, in addition to your website, is probably the single greatest source of information for photographer’s and the law on the internet. I have recommended [...]
A photographer seeking credentials to shoot at the Texas Motor Speedway reportedly was handed a harsh agreement to sign, which includes a transfer of copyrights to the photos taken there and restricts what the photographer can do with the photos. It appears that the Speedway has joined other rights grabs in exchange for access. Specifically, [...]
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