A quick review of web forums and talking with folks will reveal that a lot of photographers need professional help — professional legal help, that is. While the web is a wonderful tool, it has exacerbated the water-fountain rumor mill so that mis-information is rampant.
There is a reason why lawyers go to school for three full years, and then have to take over 10 hours of continuing legal education a year. The law is a difficult, ever-changing and voluminous subject. A real estate attorney can’t help you with a will, and a divorce lawyer can’t help you with your medical malpractice claim. It takes time and hard study to learn and to keep up with the law.
On top of that, each circumstance is different, so the law will affect your unique circumstance differently. You shouldn’t take the advice of your neighbor’s sister-in-law’s cousin who talked to his uncle about how to prosecute a copyright infringement case. Even when the circumstance on its face looks similar, a lawyer is trained to find those nuances that may make or break your case.
The adage “penny wise; pound short” applies here. Should a photographer risk his business with self help or the advice of some guy who read an article on trademark law?
Even the advice on this blog is purely educational and does not purport to constitute legal advice. But hopefully it will steer you to consult individually with a lawyer who can help photographers like you.
Take my advice. Get professional help.