Posts Tagged ‘copyrightinfringement’

P. Diddy Becomes Latest Rap Star to Post a Photographer’s Image Without Credit or Permission

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First it was Ludacris, who decided to convey the impression that he was on a beach by stealing and posting a photographer’s beautiful sunset photo on his Instagram account. Now, it seems famed rapper Shawn “Diddy” Combs is following in his copyright infringement footsteps. Read more…

US Copyright Office: We Can’t Register a Monkey Selfie… Or One Taken by a God

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In its updated 1,222-page “Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition” released yesterday, the US Copyright Office took the side of Wikimedia in their argument with nature photographer David Slater when the office wrote that they cannot register works by monkeys. Read more…

In-Depth Presentation Demystifies the Gray Areas of Copyright Law for Photographers

This hour and fifteen minute-long presentation is one of the most detailed and useful videos on copyright law for photographers that we’ve run across. Put together by B&H in New York, they asked the The Copyright Zone guys, photographer Jack Reznicki and lawyer Ed Greenberg, to tell viewers and attendees “everything you wanted to know about copyright but were afraid to ask.” Read more…

Anti-Theft Service Lenstag Can Now Help You Stop Gear AND Image Theft

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We’re big fans of anybody who helps to stop gear theft, and so naturally, we’ve always been big fans of the free service Lenstag. Initially unproven, the service made its first recovery a couple of months ago, and as its database of registered gear expands, it can only get better.

But Lenstag isn’t just resting on its laurels and waiting for that moment to come, content with what it has achieved. No, the service is branching out with an awesome new feature that will help you keep track of unauthorized use of your images as well! Read more…

Walmart Suing a Photog’s Widow, Waltons Say They Own the Copyright to His Photos of Their Family

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In a copyright battle truly worthy of the David and Goliath designation, it seems that Walmart and its founding family, the Waltons, have filed a lawsuit against the widow of a photographer who ran a small Arkansas studio called Bob’s Studio of Photography. Read more…

Tour Manager: Concert Photogs Who Want Payment for Social Media Use Can ‘F*** Off’

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One would think that those in the photography and music industries would act as allies — both industries, after all, are built upon the hard work or artists and storytellers who have spent years honing their craft.

However, all too often, they wind up butting heads as was the case with the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus story two days ago and, now, with this Facebook rant from a major band’s tour manager. Read more…

Band Responds to Copyright Controversy, Believes All Digital Art Should be Free

The original Facebook post that started the whole debacle.

The original Facebook post that started the whole debacle.

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has responded to the copyright controversy we told you about earlier today… sort of. We didn’t receive a response directly from them, but because of the massive amount of attention the story has gotten both here and on Reddit, the band posted an interesting response to their Facebook. Read more…

Band Responds in the Worst Way Possible After Stealing Photographer’s Work

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In the beginning of April, Sydney-based photographer Rohan Anderson found himself embroiled in a nasty back-and-forth with the band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus over a photo of his they had used without credit or permission.

Often, when you let someone know they’ve infringed on your copyright, you get an apology and an offer to make things right. This is not what happened to Anderson. Read more…

Anti-Piracy Group Accused of Stealing the Photo They Used in an Anti-Piracy Ad

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Well this is awkward… We’re all for people advocating for copyright law and making sure that people at least understand that it’s bad to steal other people’s intellectual property, but if you’re going to do it, you might want to follow your own rules.

Case in point: Anti-piracy group The Business Software Alliance was called out this weekend for allegedly using a stolen photo in an anti-piracy ad that encouraged people to turn in unlicensed software users. Read more…

Magazine Calls Photographer ‘A**hole’ and Threatens Lawsuit After Using Her Photo Without Permission

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Buckle up, because this is a copyright battle that has hit rock bottom and started digging with gusto. How much gusto? Lets just say that the he-said-she-said nature of this ferocious back-and-forth between a photographer and a magazine that used her photo without permission makes the whole Color Run debacle look tame.

The story begins with unauthorized use of a photo, a polite (but ignored) copyright complaint, a takedown notice, and a reply email in which the offender called the photographer an a**hole and said they would be suing. Read more…