Posts Tagged ‘law’

Judge: Police Can Use Fake Instagram Accounts to Try to See Your Private Photos

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A federal judge has decided that it’s okay for police officers to befriend Instagram users with fake accounts in order to gain access to photos shared through the service.
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Video: Cameraman Accused of ‘Repeatedly Hitting’ Police with His Camera Did No Such Thing

While covering the “re-occupation” protest in Mong Kok on Thursday night, an Apple Daily cameraman was arrested by police after he allegedly assaulted a police officer with his camera and then resisted arrest.

There’s just one problem with this story, told to the press by police: it’s not true. The video above captured by a South China Morning Post reporter paints a very different picture. Read more…

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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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…

California Updates Invasion of Privacy Law to Ban the Use of Camera Drones

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In a bill meant to bring California’s privacy laws into a drone-heavy 21st century, the state just signed an act into law that will make it both illegal and very expensive for anybody seeking to invade someone else’s privacy by taking photos of them with a camera drone. 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…

Cameras Don’t Break Rules, People Break Rules

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A portrait session that results in the death of the subject should be called a failure.

As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, a group of photographers and onlookers experienced precisely that level of catastrophic botchery last week in Grand Teton National Park when crowding too close to a moose (not a good idea).

The moose, already agitated by the presence of a nearby bull moose, was scared by the approaching park-visitors and bolted before stumbling over a picnic table and landing on a fire grate. With its hoof caught in the grate, the half-ton animal collapsed and broke its leg so badly that park rangers were forced to put it down. Read more…

Texas ‘Anti-Upskirting Law’ Struck Down in Court Thanks to Vague Wording

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If you’ve been following photography news — and given you’re reading this we’d say there’s a good chance that’s the case — you’ve probably heard something along the lines of “Texas just legalized upskirting photography!” And while that’s not entirely untrue, the facts are a bit less sensational. Read more…

Photographer Sues Rod Stewart for $2.5M for Recreating Her Photo of the Back of His Head

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We’ve heard of many lawsuits where an artist outright steals an image from a photographer — that can get pretty ugly — but what about an artist hiring another photographer to recreate an image that is pretty much identical to the one they wanted to use, but weren’t allowed to?

That’s the crux of a lawsuit between celebrity photographer Bonnie Schiffman and musician Rod Stewart, who, it seems, recreated an iconic photograph of Schiffman’s after she refused to let the artist use it. Read more…

Legal Battle Threatens to Pull Vivian Maier’s Work from the Public Eye for Years

It’s not unreasonable to expect that almost every person reading this has seen ‘nanny photographer’ Vivian Maier‘s work. Whether in galleries, online or in the much-talked-about documentary ‘Finding Vivian Maier,’ her photos have now made their way around the world many times over and she has been named one of the greats of 20th century photography.

But if you hold a deep appreciation for Maier’s work, we suggest you get your fill while you can, because a legal battle is threatening (and, in fact, succeeding) to pull Maier’s work from the public eye… potentially for years. Read more…