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Reports Claim The FAA is Going to Require a Full Blown Pilot’s License to Fly Drones Commercially

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The FAA has been working on a set of regulations for commercial drone use for months now, and according to the most recent reports, the results of all that work are some extremely strict rules that include requiring a full-blown pilot’s license if you intend to sell what you’re capturing. Read more…

South Korean Government Threatening Selfie Stick Retailers with $27K Fines and Jail Time

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The South Korean government is threatening selfie stick retailers with fines of up to $27K and jail time over some of the group selfie products they’re selling, and it’s all because of electromagnetic radiation. Feeling lost yet? Us too. Read more…

Shake Adds a Free Image and Model Release Form You Can Fill Out and Sign On a Smartphone

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Easy-to-use legal document app Shake has long offered a number of cookie cutter agreements that make it easy for photographers and other creatives/freelancers to get the signed paperwork they need to get the job done.

And as of today, they’re adding to their offerings with a new image and model release template that will be particularly useful for photographers.

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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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external Has a Textbook Publisher Trampled Your Copyrights? There’s a Solution For That —PDN

Attorney Maurice Harmon of Harmon & Seidman LLC, the lawfirm that represents Gordon, Frerck, Steinmetz, Feingersh and many other photographers for claims against textbook publishers, explained via email why these types of claims persist, and how photographers who believe their copyrights have been violated by textbook publishers can protect themselves.

 
Nov 10, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

Major University Steals Photograph, Denies It Could’ve Known It Wasn’t Free to Use

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The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is under fire after photographer Justin Cook found out that they not only used a photo of his without permission, but also denied that they could have possibly known such image was not free to use.

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Warning: Fly Your Camera Drone Near a Big Sports Stadium, Go to Jail

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Earlier this year, we shared an interactive map showing where you aren’t allowed to fly camera drones. The list is generally pretty simple: national parks, military bases, and 5 miles around major airports.

Here’s another item to add to that list: major sport stadiums.
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Movie Industry Issues Ban on Google Glass and Other Wearable Cameras Inside Theaters

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The movie industry has officially updated its anti-piracy policies to include the need to turn off ‘wearable devices,’ such as Google Glass and other wearable gadgets with cameras in them (e.g. wearable lifelogging cameras).
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Google Ordered to Pay Woman After Capturing Her Cleavage with Street View Cameras

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A Canadian judge has ordered Google to pay a Montreal woman for the violation of her privacy after she found an embarrassing photograph of herself on Google Street View. Google’s automated cameras had captured the woman sitting on her doorstep, leaning forward with a portion of her cleavage exposed.
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Suge Knight Faces Up to 30 Years in Jail After Stealing Photographer’s Camera

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Rap mogul Suge Knight could be facing some serious jail time after stealing a photographer’s camera. By “serious,” we mean up to 30 years.
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