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Woman Awarded $1.12M After Being Arrested While Taking Photos Outside a Military Base

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A New York woman has been awarded $1.12 million in damages after being arrested back in 2009 while taking photographs outside a military base.
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Bound by Law: A Comic Book That Will Teach You the Basics of US Copyright Law

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Want to learn the basics of US copyright law without having to spend eons going through imageless websites and backbreaking textbooks? Check out Bound by Law. It’s a comic book that translates abstract and confusing copyright laws into easy to understand “visual metaphors.”

By the time you’re through with the 72-page comic, you’ll know quite a bit about the basics of copyright law, including fair use, infringement, and public domain.
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Gary Fong: My Account of the Ridiculous $300,000 Lawsuit Threat Against Nelson Tang

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On July 14, 2012, I received a desperate email from a photographer whom I had only met once briefly at a public appearance. He was terribly distraught, and nobody would help him. In his letter, he said that I was his last resort.

His name is Nelson Tang, and he is a very gentle soul, kind and soft-spoken, a new immigrant from Hong Kong with only a rough command of the English language. At the time, he and his wife were adjusting to life with an 18 month old son, she was a server in a restaurant and he worked for a non-profit. Financially, they were living paycheck to paycheck.
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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…

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.

 
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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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