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Nikon Asked to Halt All D600 Sales in China After Scathing Nationally Televised Exposé

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Nikon has probably had just about enough when it comes to the D600 and its sensor dust/oil issues. It started with user complaints, evolved to class action lawsuits from a number of different sources, and has now escalated to a full-on order by the Chinese government to stop D600 sales in China after a state-run television show featured a scathing exposé about the issue. Read more…

Nikon Awarded $14.5M in VR Patent Suit Against Sigma

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After four years in court, the district court of Tokyo has ordered Sigma to pay up for their infringement of Nikon’s VR lens-stabilization technology to the tune of 1.5 billion yen — or about 14.5 million USD. Read more…

external Baltimore Police Forcibly Remove Sun Photo Editor from Crime Scene —Baltimore Sun

Two years ago I wrote a blog post on the struggles of photographers exercising their First Amendment rights to photograph in public places, especially in a post 9/11 era. Since then little has changed.

A recent event brought this close to home when Baltimore Sun photo editor Chris Assaf was confronted by a Baltimore City police officer at the scene of a police-involved shooting…

He had been taking pictures from outside the police lines, but an officer told him he had to move back further. Assaf protested, stating he was within his First Amendment rights to be where he was standing. Another officer then forced him to move. The Sun is posting all of Assaf’s images from the shooting scene as well as photos taken by Sun photographer Lloyd Fox, who witnessed and documented the incident.

 
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Massachusetts Legislature Passes ‘Upskirt’ Ban in Response to Court Ruling

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Well that was fast. Only a day after news broke of the controversial Massachusetts ruling that ‘upskirt’ photographs were in fact legal according to the states Peeping Tom laws, the state’s legislature has responded by passing a ban. Read more…

Massachusetts Court Rules that ‘Upskirt’ Photos are Totally Legal

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In what is quite possibly the creepiest photo-related ruling we’ve ever run across, the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston has ruled that ‘upskirt’ photographs taken in public by sneaky perverts are actually 100% legal. Read more…

Group Sneaks Camera into Supreme Court, Gives Us First Ever Glimpse Inside

An advocacy group concerned with the issue of campaign finance reform recently managed to capture some footage that has never been captured before: video from inside the Supreme Court. Read more…

Law Firms Lining Up to File Class Action Lawsuits Over the D600 Dust/Oil Issue

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Just over a week ago, we reported on the news that a US law firm was collecting information from disgruntled Nikon D600 users for a potential class action lawsuit. Well, it turns out they’re actually late to the game. Three days after that story broke, a few other law firms actually filed a class action suit against the Japanese camera giant. Read more…

NPPA Attorney Explains Photographers’ Rights and How to Deal with the Police

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The folks over at PDN recently sat down with National Press Photographers Association attorney Mickey Osterreicher to talk about photographers’ rights, police intimidation and how to handle yourself around cops who don’t understand what you are and are not allowed to photograph. Read more…

Magazine Calls Photographer ‘A**hole’ and Threatens Lawsuit After Using Her Photo Without Permission

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Buckle up, because this is a copyright battle that has hit rock bottom and started digging with gusto. How much gusto? Lets just say that the he-said-she-said nature of this ferocious back-and-forth between a photographer and a magazine that used her photo without permission makes the whole Color Run debacle look tame.

The story begins with unauthorized use of a photo, a polite (but ignored) copyright complaint, a takedown notice, and a reply email in which the offender called the photographer an a**hole and said they would be suing. Read more…

US Law Firm Collecting D600 Sensor Dust Complaints for Possible Class Action Suit

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A US law firm is in the process of collecting information from upset Nikon D600 owners to possibly file a class action lawsuit against the Japanese camera giant over the D600′s widely-reported sensor dust/oil issues. Read more…