Posts Tagged ‘infringement’

8 Legal Cases Every Photographer Should Know

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Understanding your legal rights as a photographer can often be confusing and overwhelming. From copyright infringement to fair use to DMCA, there are a number of legal concepts that every photographer should be familiar with. Here are eight important legal cases that are illustrative of these concepts and the importance of registering your copyright. Read more…

What Would You Do if the Prime Minister of India Stole Your Photo?

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What would you do if you found your photograph misused, not by a celebrity or a company, but by the head of government of a country? That’s the question facing Cambridge, Massachusetts-based photographer Bimal Nepal.

Nepal, a photojournalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, recently found his photograph shared without permission by the prime minister of India.
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Leading New Zealand Tech Retailer Uses iStock Image in Facebook Ad, Forgets to Remove Watermark

Update: The company has responded to our request for comment and fixed the issue. See full update at the bottom.


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Dick Smith is a leading tech retailer in both New Zealand and Australia, but as an anonymous reader showed us this morning, they might have goofed up in a big way in a recent ad they posted on their Dick Smith NZ Facebook page.

As you can see from the screenshot above, they seem to have ‘appropriated’ an iStock image as the background… without even taking the time to remove the watermark. Read more…

Is Etsy the New Silk Road for Copyright Infringement?

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While browsing through my image search results on PIXSY (a new service that finds and invoices image theft for you), I was surprised to see my picture for sale on Etsy (above). My immediate reaction:

  1. What an ugly mousepad. I’d never print my photo like this.
  2. The seller seems to be stealing thousands of photos. How could Etsy let this happen?
  3. Who had the nerve to think they could do this?

So my picture was the party and I wasn’t invited. I decided to see what I could do to notify the seller and contact Etsy about the problem. Read more…

Getty Images Sues Microsoft Over Embeddable Image Widget, Cites ‘Incalculable Damages’

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A recently-released product by Microsoft that allows content creators to embed digital images on their websites is being called a “massive infringement” of copyright images in a lawsuit filed by Getty Images against the computer giant. Read more…

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…