Copyright Office Launches Blog

Today the U.S. Copyright Office launched its new blog, Copyright: Creativity at Work. The blog supports the Office’s 2016–20 strategic plan of sharing Office activities and issues of public interest through expanded social media. Blog posts will feature such topics as Office news, registration practice updates, law and policy developments, copyright basics, and copyright lore. In the inaugural post, Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett reintroduces the people and the work of the Copyright Office. Subscribe to Copyright: Creativity at Work here.

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Copyright Office Launches Updated Website

The U.S. Copyright Office has launched its updated website, www.copyright.gov. The website has been redesigned to be more organized, more responsive, and easier to digest. It now features a new header with global navigation and search, and expanded width in all sections to maximize screen usage. Several individual pages have been consolidated for improved navigation. A new page, History and Education, includes a wealth of information such as the History of Copyright Law, Past Reports and Publications, and Past Announcements.

Looks good!

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Photo Attorney Blog Celebrates TWELVE YEARS!

Today is the 12th Anniversary of the Photo Attorney® blog!

Thank you for your continued support! 

This blog is full of helpful information for the photographer’s legal needs. With hundreds of blog entries on a variety of legal subjects that affect photographers, the best way to find information is to use the search tool located at the top right hand corner of the page or check the Posts by Topic at the bottom of the right hand column. Subscribe to the RSS feed to easily get new posts. Also follow Photo Attorney on Twitter for other links and quick updates on the law. Learn even more with the Photographer’s Legal Guide and get the Photo Attorney® photography forms to help your business.

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Photo Attorney® on Twitter for More Law for Photographers

Lots of information is available these days, thanks to the world wide web. But sifting through it all can be a challenge.

In addition to the information available on this blog, you can get more on the law for photographers by following Photo Attorney® on Twitter. There, you will find quick links to great resources. (Note that ethical and time restrictions prevents Twitter conversations.)

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Head of US Copyright Office Removed

From Illustrators’ Partnership of America:

Last Friday, October 21, 2016, the head of the US Copyright Office was removed in a surprise action by the newly-appointed Librarian of Congress.

According to the entertainment industry newspaper Variety:

“Maria Pallante is out at [sic] the U.S. Register of Copyrights and is moving to a new post, a Friday announcement that was met with surprise by trade associations and other groups in Washington. The change was made by Carla Hayden…who was only recently confirmed as Librarian of Congress.”

“Pallante was locked out of her computer [Friday] morning,” reports Billboard, citing “two sources who spoke with Library employees.”

“Earlier, Hayden had called several members of Congress to tell them about her decision. Later, she called the heads of several media business trade organizations to give them the news, according to one who received such a call…Hayden, as the librarian of Congress, has the authority to make a new appointment without congressional review.”

The website Trichordist: Artists for an Ethical and Sustainable Internet warns that:

“These are dark days for all creators and copyright holders.  After a two month campaign by Google funded astroturf group Public Knowledge, the newly appointed librarian of congress Carla Hayden [an advocate of “open sourcing”] has fired Maria Pallante the register of copyright. Pallante was the only one standing between Google and what is left of the copyright system.

“This firing is virtually unprecedented in US history. The Librarian of Congress generally leaves the Register of Copyrights to run the affairs of the copyright office. However in the last two months the main Google mouthpiece in Washington DC Public Knowledge has been clamoring for her head.”

More details at Artist Rights Watch.
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Secret Bonus to 5DayDeal Complete Photography Business Bundle

5DayDeal-Business-Launch-Logo_Price_Date-LowRezIn addition to the amazing deal you get on the 5DayDeal Complete Photography Business Bundle, there are a lot more unadvertised and tremendous bonuses available.

You can get access to these undisclosed benefits from this direct link (without purchasing the Business Bundle, but be sure you get the bundle deal, too!)

Another secret? Photo Attorney is offering a discount there never offered before.

Check it out now because the deals will be gone in a few days.

 

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Photo Attorney® Attorney Revives TinType Photography

Earl Richardson photoThe attorneys with the Law Office of Carolyn E. Wright, LLC (d/b/a Photo Attorney®), are passionate about their clients and photography. Several of us also are serious photographers when we’re not busy fighting for photographers’ rights.

Earl Richardson is the epitome of a lawyer balancing his life with his commercial photography business, including using the wet plate collodion process. He started experimenting with tintype photography about a year ago. Check the articles about his unique work at LJWorld.com and in the Spring 2016 issue of Kansas magazine.

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Photo Attorney Blog Celebrates ELEVEN YEARS!

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Today is the 11th Anniversary

of the Photo Attorney® blog!

Thank you for your continued support! 

This blog is full of helpful information for the photographer’s legal needs. With hundreds of blog entries on a variety of legal subjects that affect photographers, the best way to find information is to use the search tool located at the top right hand corner of the page or check the Posts by Topic at the bottom of the right hand column. Subscribe to the RSS feed to easily get new posts. Also follow Photo Attorney on Twitter for other links and quick updates on the law. Learn even more with the Photographer’s Legal Guide and get photography forms to help your business.

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Last Minute Gifts for Photographers

Looking for some last minute gifts for your favorite photographer (you or someone else)?  Ebooks and forms will be delivered the same day of purchase (including on December 25th)!

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The right contract can make or break your business. While hiring an attorney to create a customized contract for your specific needs is best, it can be expensive. But now you can get customizable contracts and release forms in Microsoft Word® created by the Photo Attorney specifically for photographers. Choose from the following forms:

Adult Model Release
Copyright Infringement Cease & Desist/Demand Letter
Copyright Transfer Form
DMCA Takedown Notice
Independent Assistant Photographer
Liability Release & Arbitration Agreement
Minor Model Release
Portrait Session Contract
Property Release
Stock Photography License with Terms and Conditions
Wedding Photography Contract
Settlement Agreement for Copyright Infringement Claims

– Photographer’s Legal Guide – Ebook or Softback versionsPhotographers Legal Guide

What’s being said about the Photographer’s Legal Guide:

“Carolyn Wright’s book is an essential tool for any professional (or aspiring professional) who needs to navigate the tricky legal issues in the business of photography. In clear, concise prose, she explains and simplifies the issues of rights and releases, and deciphers the “legal-ese” of contracts and other important legal issues into plain and simple language. Her background in law and her exceptional photographic work make her a unique resource in this business: a great legal mind with a wonderful photographer’s eye.”Bob Krist, columnist, Outdoor Photographer Magazine

“Carolyn Wright’s book is designed to acquaint you with all the basic formalities of running a photography business. This is a book that every photographer who is even considering selling their images should have!” Ellen Anon, freelance photographer and co-author of Aperture Exposed, The Mac Photographers Guide to Taming the Workflow, and Photoshop for Nature Photographers

“Carolyn’s writing style is easy to read and not full of ‘Law-talk.’ There is plenty to learn for a photographer in the business for 10 years (such as myself), and invaluable for someone completely new.” David Beckstead, International Wedding Photographer

“. . . a well done job with ‘Photographer’s Legal Guide.’  It literally answered just about every question I had.”  John L. Dengler, Outdoor Photographer

“Just a quick note to say thank you again for your book.  I’ve finally read it through – a great read and packed with valuable information.”  John T. Fowler

 “. . . thanks for writing the Photographer’s Legal Guide. I purchased it a while back and often go back to it, it’s priceless!”  Elena Sbrana

“Loving your book!  Easy to understand, a must for someone new in business and perfect for those of us who need an update with the changing times.  Will definitely recommend to other photographers.” Trina Jones

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