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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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Court Rules Against Photog Who Patented the Online Distribution of Sports Photos

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Back in August 2014, we reported on the legal battle between photographer Peter Wolf and a company called Capstone. Wolf had received three patents on a method of distributing sports photos online. The problem was, the patents described common workflows that countless photographers use around the world.

The latest development today will have those photographers resting a bit easier: the courts have ruled that the patents are invalid because they aren’t inventive enough and because they simply describe convention steps that many people use.
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8 Legal Cases Every Photographer Should Know

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Understanding your legal rights as a photographer can often be confusing and overwhelming. From copyright infringement to fair use to DMCA, there are a number of legal concepts that every photographer should be familiar with. Here are eight important legal cases that are illustrative of these concepts and the importance of registering your copyright. Read more…

Three Colorado State Senate Candidates Called Out for Stealing and Photoshopping Protest Photo

Un-altered photo (left), Photoshopped photo (right).

Un-altered photo (left), Photoshopped photo (right).

If there’s one time you really shouldn’t steal an image and (poorly) Photoshop it, it’s probably while campaigning for a Senate seat. Colorado Republican candidates Tim Neville, Tony Sanchez and Laura Woods recently learned this lesson the hard way.

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What Would You Do if the Prime Minister of India Stole Your Photo?

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What would you do if you found your photograph misused, not by a celebrity or a company, but by the head of government of a country? That’s the question facing Cambridge, Massachusetts-based photographer Bimal Nepal.

Nepal, a photojournalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, recently found his photograph shared without permission by the prime minister of India.
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California Updates Invasion of Privacy Law to Ban the Use of Camera Drones

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In a bill meant to bring California’s privacy laws into a drone-heavy 21st century, the state just signed an act into law that will make it both illegal and very expensive for anybody seeking to invade someone else’s privacy by taking photos of them with a camera drone. Read more…

external Camera phones have become the best defense against big government —NYPost

The Second Amendment was designed to give people the right to the tools to fight back against their government if necessary.

Today we need a new Second Amendment — an express, broad right to film public officials doing public business. Politicians should be made to state a position on the matter.

 
Oct 12, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

Thieves Steal Nearly $2 Million in Cameras and Gear from Black Magic and Two Others

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Nearly $2 million in cameras and production equipment were stolen from three Fremont, California businesses over the weekend. Thieves broke into the offices of Black Magic Design, Mac House Productions, and Core Microsystems, grabbing pricey high-end gear and hauling it off by the boxful.
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DEA Uses Pictures on Woman’s Seized Phone to Set Up Fake Facebook Account for Drug Bust

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The US Drug Enforcement Administration and one of its agents, Timothy Sinnigen, are being sued by a woman who claims they used the photos on a seized phone of hers to hijack her identity and create a fake Facebook profile though which they hoped to bust an alleged New York drug ring. Read more…

Leading New Zealand Tech Retailer Uses iStock Image in Facebook Ad, Forgets to Remove Watermark

Update: The company has responded to our request for comment and fixed the issue. See full update at the bottom.


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Dick Smith is a leading tech retailer in both New Zealand and Australia, but as an anonymous reader showed us this morning, they might have goofed up in a big way in a recent ad they posted on their Dick Smith NZ Facebook page.

As you can see from the screenshot above, they seem to have ‘appropriated’ an iStock image as the background… without even taking the time to remove the watermark. Read more…