external Court Sustains Infringement Claim over Thomas Franklin’s 9/11 Photo —PDNOnline

sidebyside“…a Fox News production assistant used Google in September, 2013 to find an image commemorating the events of September 11, 2001. She selected an image that combined a cropped version of Franklin’s photograph with the iconic 1945 image of American soldiers raising a flag over Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal.

The Fox News producer then posted the combined image, along with the word #neverforget, to a Facebook page promoting the Fox News program “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” North Jersey Media Group (NJMG), which owns the copyright to the Franklin image, demanded that Fox News take down the image. Fox News complied, but NJMG sued Fox News and Jeanine Pirro (aka Judge Jeanine) for copyright infringement a month later.”

Mar 27, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Court Rejects Daniel Morel’s $2.5 Million Claim for Legal Fees Against Getty, AFP —PDNOnline

A federal court has rejected photographer Daniel Morel’s motion to recover $2.5 million in legal fees and costs that he says he incurred during his four-year copyright battle with Getty Images and AFP. After a jury trial in 2013, Morel won a $1.2 million award for unauthorized distribution by the two agencies of his images of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In addition to rejecting Morel’s reimbursement request, the court ruled that Morel owes $164,583 to [his attorney] Barbara Hoffman, the attorney who originally represented him in the case.

“Morel fought a fair fight and won. The fact that this was a close case on the merits, involving novel legal issues, persuades the Court that the purposes of the Copyright Act are not furthered by awarding fees and costs,” Judge Alison J. Nathan [wrote].

We first reported on this legal battle back in 2010 and then again in 2013.

Mar 26, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external FAA Plans New Steps to Speed Up Commercial Drone Use —Reuters

Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United States, except in a small number of cases where the FAA has granted an exemption. The has agency received more than 750 requests for exemptions to the ban, but has awarded only 48.

Now the U.S. aviation regulator intends to streamline the process by no longer requiring companies with exemptions to obtain a new certificate of authority for each new use of a drone, the people familiar with the matter said.

The FAA did unveil a list of proposed drone rules back in February, but Reuters says that it could still be years before the general ban on commercial drone flights is lifted. Thus, the industry is stuck with the tedious exemptions process for now.

Mar 21, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Rep. Schock Resigns, Instagram Goes Private —Chicago Tribune

downfallInstagram photos appear to have led to the downfall of a rising star congressman. We reported last month that photos shared by Illinois representative Aaron Schock were discovered by the Associated Press to show a trail of misuse of taxpayer money. The story became widely reported, and Schock has just announced his resignation… and set his Instagram account to private.

Mar 18, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Lost Camera Survives Two Years Submerged In Wyoming’s Salt River —NPR

Mar 18, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external The Rules of Photojournalism Are Keeping Us From the Truth —Vantage

Why do we adhere to notions of objectivity in photography? Especially when it crushes creative storytelling from those that hold the camera? Photographers choose where their frame goes. They selectively choose what the audience will see, will believe. Right off the bat, any individual image is deceptive, because there is no peripheral vision. Peripheries provide the greater context. Storytellers may be interested in the periphery, but technical image makers (and the news feeds they keep buzzing) are not.

World Press Photo juror and VII photographer Donald Weber has interesting thoughts on the state of photojournalism.

Mar 17, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external How Photography Brought a Father and His Son Back Together —TIME Lightbox

thumbPhotographer Ian Willms reflects on what photography meant to him after his father was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident:

“[…] the photographs had grown into something much more than a visual diary. They had become a pivotal moment for my craft. As a documentary photographer, I was used to expressing the pain of others through my work. Never before had I been so emotionally connected to the subject matter that I was photographing. I did not concern myself with the purpose or meaning behind my photographs. I was acting solely on emotional impulse. If I felt it, I shot it and published it. There was no editor, curator, art director to answer to, except myself. The audience was anyone who cared to watch.”

Mar 16, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external How Kodak Makes its Film in Rochester —Democrat & Chronicle

Kodak is banking its future on a variety of 21st-century technologies, such as its Prosper digital printing presses and its push into using printing-related technologies for making such products as computer touchscreen films. But the company also has huge infrastructure and hundreds of local workers still dedicated to its 19th-century origins in making film […]

And while the business side of Kodak continues to try to find ways to keep the company’s movie film business profitable even as it shrinks, its manufacturing personnel deal with much the same problem — how to keep machines and operations that were built for vastly bigger volumes still going.

As Kodak struggles to adapt in a drastically changing market for film, its employees are having to wear all kinds of different hats.

Mar 14, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Leica Survives the Digital Shift —Wall Street Journal

By 2011 Leica was profitable and promising enough that private-equity firm Blackstone Group bought a 44% stake for an undisclosed price […] Since then, Leica’s sales have risen around 35%, to €337 million in its most recent fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. The company doesn’t disclose profits.

A bigger challenge to Leica than the billion smartphones sold world-wide annually is the development of less expensive but high-quality cameras with interchangeable components within the brand from makers including Sony,Panasonic and Olympus […]

Mar 14, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external DJI Set to Become the First Billion Dollar Consumer Drone Company —The Verge

According to The Verge, Shenzhen, China-based drone maker DJI is on track to do $1 billion in sales this year, double its 2014 revenue and eight times what it pulled in in 2013. It now dominates the consumer drone industry, and the Wall Street Journal says it “has become the first Chinese brand to pioneer a major new global consumer-product category.”

The company now has over 2,800 employees, offices in multiple countries around the world, and is reportedly raising funding from top venture capital firms in Silicon Valley — likely at multi-billion-dollar valuations.

Mar 12, 2015 · Via · Permalink · Comment