Posts Tagged ‘infringement’

Ludacris! Rapper Steals Photographer’s Picture, Pretends He’s on a Beach

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Instagram is a popular platform for celebrities to share photos of their lavish lifestyles, but it’s also a social network in which many photos are published without permission and without credit to the original creator. Both of those things happened recently with an image posted by Ludacris.
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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…

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…

Final Settlement Has Been Made In Richard Prince Lawsuit

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“Re-Photographer” Richard Prince is back in the spotlight again — this time hopefully for the final time — after a final settlement was reached in his five-year-long legal back-and-forth with photographer Patrick Cariou. Read more…

Nikon Awarded $14.5M in VR Patent Suit Against Sigma

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After four years in court, the district court of Tokyo has ordered Sigma to pay up for their infringement of Nikon’s VR lens-stabilization technology to the tune of 1.5 billion yen — or about 14.5 million USD. Read more…

NYC Mayoral Candidate in Hot Water After Campaign Ad Used Swiped Flickr Shots

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New York Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota may be running as a law and order guy, but apparently the “law” part doesn’t cover intellectual property.

Turns out nine of the images used in a recent Lhota campaign ad — an ad meant to illustrate what a mess the Big Apple used to be – were taken without permission from Flickr users, several of whom are not too happy about it. Read more…

Magnum Photos Trying Paid Fan Club to Court Copyright Infringers

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Prestigious agency Magnum Photos says it is about to roll out a paid membership system in hopes of turning illegal downloaders into paying customers. The move comes a little more than a year after the agency did away with watermarks on its main site, reasoning that they did little to discourage determined downloaders. Read more…

Sculptor Awarded $685,000 After Photo of Korean War Memorial Used on Stamp

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Be careful when photographing sculptures for commercial purposes — you could quickly find yourself on the losing end of a copyright infringement case and being forced to pay a lot of money.

This happened back in 2011, when photographer Mike Hipple was forced to pay up after shooting stock photos of a public art installation in Seattle. Now it has happened again: a court has ordered the United States Postal Service to pay a whopping $684,844 to sculptor Frank Gaylord for using a photograph of the Korean War Veterans Memorial on a stamp.
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Q&A: What Should You Do If Your Photos Have Been Infringed?

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Earlier this month, Photoshelter did a live webinar with Carolyn E. Wright, AKA The Photo Attorney. Carolyn is a full-time attorney whose practice is aimed squarely at the legal needs of photographers. During the webinar talked extensively about copyright infringement, and what photographers need to know when they think their copyright has been infringed (you can watch a video recording here).
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10 Bogus Excuses People Use When They Steal Photos from the Web

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So you think you have a good reason or excuse to use a photo you found on the Internet without asking the photographer who took it? Let’s see if it can stand the test.
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