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US Copyright Office: We Can’t Register a Monkey Selfie… Or One Taken by a God

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In its updated 1,222-page “Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition” released yesterday, the US Copyright Office took the side of Wikimedia in their argument with nature photographer David Slater when the office wrote that they cannot register works by monkeys. Read more…

Ferguson Cop Pulls Gun On Photographer Who Was Asking Directions to the Media Area


By now we all know that the stories of media/police confrontation from Ferguson, MO have two sides. On the one hand, seemingly unnecessary arrests of major photojournalists had even the President of the United States condemning that officers’ actions. On the other, a photojournalist on the ground explained why he was embarrassed by the way the media is acting in the area.

And yet, it’s hard to imagine there being a good reason why, on a relatively peaceful protest day, a police officer answered a journalist’s seemingly innocent question by pulling and pointing a gun at him. Read more…

Man Arrested and Strip Searched After Taking Pictures of NYPD Stop and Frisk Wins $125K in Court

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More than two years after being arrested, injured and strip-searched after taking pictures of two NYPD police officers performing a stop and frisk, a Brooklyn man has been awarded a nice legal pay day to the tune of $125K. Read more…

If You Try to Publish a Picture of this Statue in Denmark, You’d Better be Ready to Pay Up

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One of Denmark’s most photographed attractions, a Little Mermaid statue, comes with a strange caveat: it can’t be photographed. Or rather, a photograph of it can’t be used in a publication of any sort, even for journalistic purposes, without a big fat invoice finding its way to your door. Read more…

Photographers in Iran Sentenced to 75 Lashes After Giving Official’s Photo Book Bad Reviews

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Do you have dreams of being an outspoken reviewer of photography books? Certain provinces of Iran might not be the best place for you to launch that career. A pair of Iran photographers were recently sentenced to a total of 75 lashes for publishing negative reviews about an official’s photography book.
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New York Governor Candidate Arrested, Jailed for Recording the Aggressive Arrest of a Bronx Man

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Only days after the NYPD sent out a city-wide memo to officers reminding them that the recording of their activity is allowed, Randy Credico, an upcoming candidate for New York Governor, was arrested, handcuffed and put in jail for recording the aggressive arresting of a man by two officers in street clothes.

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NYPD Sends Out Official Memo Telling Officers They’re Allowed to Be Photographed

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The NYPD has sent out an internal memo that tells officers they aren’t allowed to take action to stop someone from photographing or filming them. This comes a whopping two years after Washington DC’s police chief sent out an almost identical memo. Read more…

Photographer David Slater Explains Why He’s Going After Wikimedia Over Monkey Selfie

David Slater, the photographer who is currently embroiled in an argument (and quite possibly, soon to be embroiled in a lawsuit) with Wikimedia over the famous ‘monkey selfie’ images, recently spoke to ITN to clarify his position on the whole ‘who owns the copyright’ argument. Read more…

NJ Cop: Constitutional Right to Take Pictures in Public Null Because ‘Obama Has Decimated the Friggin’ Constitution’

A New Jersey police officer is making headlines for how he responded Monday to a resident taking pictures in a public building. When the resident, one Steve Wronko, explained that it was his constitutional right, the officer told Wronko that “Obama has decimated the friggin’ constitution, so … if he doesn’t follow the constitution, we don’t have to.” Read more…

Nikon Settles D600 Class Action Lawsuit by Offering D600 Owners Free D610s

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At least one of the class action lawsuits against Nikon about the sensor spec issue found on some D600 cameras has been settled, and settled in the best possible way for the users participating in this suit. Read more…