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Leaked FAA Doc Discusses Upcoming Regulations for Camera Drones

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A newly leaked document by the Federal Aviation Administration may offer a first look at upcoming regulations for drones, and the laws discussed appear to be somewhat favorable for photographers who fly camera drones.
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Japan Prevents Conflict Photographer From Going to Syria by Confiscating His Passport

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Japan has confiscated the passport of a photographer who was planning to travel to Syria, saying that the move was necessary to protect the man’s life. It is reportedly the first time the country’s government has ever taken such action.
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Street Photography in Saudi Arabia Could Lead You Straight to Jail

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If you’d like a long and fruitful career as a street photographer, Saudi Arabia might not be the most welcoming place for you to pursue it. Shooting public photos and sharing them online is becoming more and more popular in the Middle Eastern kingdom, but many practitioners are unaware that the country’s strict cybercrime law could bring down huge fines and even jail time for their snapshots.
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The Super Bowl is a “No Drone Zone,” Says the FAA

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If you’re anywhere near the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona this Sunday while the Super Bowl is going on, you should keep your camera drone stored away. The FAA is warning the public that the Super Bowl is a “No Drone Zone”: fly your drone anywhere within 30 miles of the stadium during the game and you’re breaking the law.
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Adobe Files Lawsuit Against Forever 21 for Pirating Copies of Photoshop

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Here’s a strange legal rumble that just hit the courts: software giant Adobe is suing clothing giant Forever 21 for pirating copies of Photoshop.
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DJI Mandatory Firmware Update Will Disable Camera Drones in Washington DC’s No Fly Zone

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Yesterday we reported that a DJI Phantom quadcopter operator had accidentally crashed his camera drone onto the lawn of the White House at 3 in the morning, causing a security panic among those tasked with ensuring the President’s safety (later reports suggest the man was drunk).

DJI wants to make sure this type of incident never happens again: the company is issuing a mandatory firmware update that will disable its camera drones in Washington DC’s no fly zone.
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Photographer Suing Nike for Ripping Off His Photo for Its Iconic Jordan ‘Jumpman’ Logo

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A photographer has filed a copyright lawsuit against Nike, accusing the global athletic brand of ripping off his photograph of Michael Jordan to create its iconic “Jumpman” logo for Air Jordan merchandise.
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Renowned Belgian Painter Convicted of Plagiarism After Basing His Portrait on a Photo

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Renowned Belgian artist Luc Tuymans has been found guilty in a plagiarism case after basing one of his paintings on a photo by photojournalist Katrijn Van Giel. Tuymans has been ordered to cease exhibiting and reproducing his painting, and will be fined €500,000 (~$580,000) if he does not comply.
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Arkansas Bill Criminalizes Capturing and Possessing Certain Camera Drone Photos

Update: There have been new developments. Please see below.


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There’s a new bill passing through the Arkansas State Legislature that may be concerning to photographers who operate camera drones. The bill is titled, “Concerning The Use Of An Unmanned Vehicle Or Aircraft That Captures Images; To Create The Criminal Offenses; To Provide For Civil Liability,” and it criminalizes certain camera drone usage and the possession of photos captured during that usage.
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Help: I Am Being Sued for Nearly $500,000 by a Model I Photographed

Hello fellow photographers. My name is Joshua Resnick. I am a stock photographer, but what I am going to tell you potentially affects all photographers. I wanted to bring to your attention a lawsuit I am involved in that I think could put the whole industry at risk if things don’t go well.

I am being sued in federal court for hundreds of thousands of dollars by a model I worked with in January 2013. This is a model that I paid, and who signed a release allowing me to sell her images through stock photo agencies. Why I am I being sued? It revolves around images that got misused or were just outright stolen and the model is blaming me for it.
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