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EliteDaily Misuses Photo for Viral Article, Writer Then Responds to Complaints with Ridicule

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It seems that the viral content blog EliteDaily hasn’t learned its lesson despite the current copyright infringement lawsuit being brought by photojournalist Peter Menzel. Another photo has been misused for a viral article, and photographers aren’t happy with how the writer is responding.
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Woman Pointing Smartphone Camera at Police Has It Snatched and Smashed

Here’s a video that’s causing an uproar among those who care about photographers’ rights. It’s a 53-second clip recorded on April 19th that shows an encounter one woman had with police officers on a residential sidewalk in South Gate, California. While shooting photos or footage of the assault rifle-equipped officers with her smartphone, one of the men charges her, snatches the camera from her hands, smashes it on the ground, kicks it back at her, and then walks away.

Details are sparse at the moment, and we’ll update you when more info on this emerges.

(via Dee Jay via PINAC)

Man Who Shot South Carolina Police Shooting Wants $10,000 Per Use

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A white police officer in South Carolina is facing murder charges after shooting an unarmed black man in the back and killing him as he ran away. A bystander named Feidin Santana witnessed the whole incident on April 4th and managed to capture cell phone footage, which then became widely seen around the world and sparked fresh new outrage about police brutality.

Now, nearly two weeks after the shooting, the video is at the center of a new discussion: news outlets are being asked for a $10,000 fee if they wish to share the video.
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Man Has DSLR Stolen by Flight Attendant, Then Finds it on eBay and Gets It Back

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A former Ryanair flight attendant has pleaded guilty to stealing items that passengers left behind on airplanes. He was busted after a man accidentally left his DSLR behind and then later found the same camera for sale on eBay.
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Photographer Files $1 Million Defamation Suit Against Couple After Album Cover Fracas

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Remember the story of Andrea Polito, the photographer who was publicly accused by a couple of holding their wedding photos hostage until they paid an extra $150 fee for a cover for their album?

It came to light afterward that the couple may have intentionally gone to the media with their story in order to destroy Polito and her business, and the photographer is now suing the couple for defamation, seeking up to $1 million in damages for the damage they did.
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Texas Bill Limiting the Photography of Cops Dropped After ‘Loud’ Public Outcry

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It was a month ago that a Texas lawmaker sparked a hoopla by proposing a bill that would limit the photography and filming of officers. If passed, anyone caught pointing a camera at an officer from within 25 feet could be charged with breaking the law.

Public outcry was swift and loud, and people even began sending death threats to the representative’s office. Good news today: the bill is now dead.
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NY Courts: Fine Art Photographers Can Take Pictures of People Inside Their Homes… For Now

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NYC-based photographer Arne Svenson, whom we interviewed last month, has won a lengthy legal battle against people who claimed that he had invaded their privacy by taking pictures of them in their homes through open windows.
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Colorado Bill Would Punish Officers Who Interfere with Photographers

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A Texas lawmaker recently attracted death threats after proposing a law that would make it illegal for photographers to take pictures of police officers from within 25 feet of them. Colorado is moving in the opposite direction.

The state is considering several bills that would increase police oversight, and one of the bills outlines punishments for police officers who interfere with people who are lawfully using their cameras.
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So Your Company Has Been Found Using My Photos Without Permission. What Next?

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In August I hired ImageRights International, a reputable copyright enforcement agency, to assume the routine handling of commercial infringements of my professional work. There are a lot. Starting in September 2014, companies began receiving letters from ImageRights’ partner law firms seeking to resolve these infringements on my behalf.
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Arkansas Privacy Bill Vetoed, Street Photography Lives Another Day

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We reported over the weekend that Arkansas lawmakers had passed a privacy bill that could potentially kill street photography by requiring (in most cases) that photographers get written consent from strangers they photograph. Photographers who don’t could get sued by their subjects.

The photography world was in an uproar over the bill and worked hard to get it vetoed by the deadline at the end of the day today. There’s now some great news: the bill has been vetoed by Governor Asa Hutchinson.
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