Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

Photographer Suing Nike for Ripping Off His Photo for Its Iconic Jordan ‘Jumpman’ Logo

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A photographer has filed a copyright lawsuit against Nike, accusing the global athletic brand of ripping off his photograph of Michael Jordan to create its iconic “Jumpman” logo for Air Jordan merchandise.
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Renowned Belgian Painter Convicted of Plagiarism After Basing His Portrait on a Photo

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Renowned Belgian artist Luc Tuymans has been found guilty in a plagiarism case after basing one of his paintings on a photo by photojournalist Katrijn Van Giel. Tuymans has been ordered to cease exhibiting and reproducing his painting, and will be fined €500,000 (~$580,000) if he does not comply.
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Kenneth Cole Lifted One of My Photos, And All I Got Was a $500 Gift Card

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The year was 2008. I was still a novice with a camera, and the basics of photography were still very unfamiliar to me. I knew what my eyes liked, even if I didn’t understand how to get the camera to capture it. On March 1 of 2008, I snapped a photo looking north on 5th Avenue in New York City.

At the time, I didn’t have a Tumblr page to share my photos, and I didn’t have Flickr, either. The only place my photos lived was on my computer’s hard drive, and occasionally it would show up in a Facebook post to my friends. There was one other place, though.
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Re: If You Don’t Want Your Photos Stolen, Don’t Post Them on the Internet

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“If you don’t want your photos stolen, don’t post them on the Internet.”

This is an argument I have heard over and over again, mostly from people who have never had their work borrowed. Which of course is like saying, “I know you were home, but if you didn’t want your belongings stolen, you shouldn’t have left your door unlocked.”
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Nat Geo Photog Says Amazon Won’t Stop Selling His Stolen Photograph

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Earlier this month, National Geographic photographer Tomas van Houtryve had one of his photographs selected by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Photos of 2014. It was a high honor, but also one that opened an unexpected Pandora’s Box for Van Houtryve: his photos began appearing on third-party products on Amazon without his permission.

And that’s not all: Van Houtryve says Amazon isn’t responding to his requests to have the products completely taken down.
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Bound by Law: A Comic Book That Will Teach You the Basics of US Copyright Law

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Want to learn the basics of US copyright law without having to spend eons going through imageless websites and backbreaking textbooks? Check out Bound by Law. It’s a comic book that translates abstract and confusing copyright laws into easy to understand “visual metaphors.”

By the time you’re through with the 72-page comic, you’ll know quite a bit about the basics of copyright law, including fair use, infringement, and public domain.
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A Scathing, Brutally Honest Rant About Not Working for Free

Editor’s note: This video contains strong language that is not suitable for some environments.


In 2007, famed science fiction writer and fierce protector of his copyright, the somewhat controversial Harlan Ellison, was being filmed for a documentary about himself called Dreams with Sharp Teeth.

Before the documentary went live, this short clip was released in which Ellison talks about Warner Brothers asking him to use one of his interviews for free. His response is characteristically scathing, brutally honest, and something more than a few photographers would probably love to say themselves.

Did You Know: Publishing Nighttime Photos of the Eiffel Tower is Copyright Infringement

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According to an oft-forgotten clause in EU copyright laws, it is illegal to publish nighttime photos of certain public buildings in certain countries without asking permission from the owners of the buildings.

So why isn’t everyone who captures and posts images of iconic building such as France’s Eiffel Tower prosecuted then? Because the clause and accompanying law are rather vague, only accepted by certain states, and all-round confusing to interpret.
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Major University Steals Photograph, Denies It Could’ve Known It Wasn’t Free to Use

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The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is under fire after photographer Justin Cook found out that they not only used a photo of his without permission, but also denied that they could have possibly known such image was not free to use.

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Photographer Releases Classy Response After His Work was Stolen for a Political Attack Ad

Local Alaska photographer Mark Osborne found a nasty surprise waiting for him in the mail a few days ago. Among the bills and junk mail was sitting a political attack ad aimed at a friend of his running for the State of Alaska House of Representatives, and illustrating the ad was an screen grab from a video taken by Mark himself.

Osborne was, understandably, a little annoyed. And so he shot the response above to explain the situation, express his displeasure, and laugh at the situation a bit while he was at it. Read more…