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Profoto Goes Public, Reveals Financials for First Time

After over half a century as a privately-held business, the Swedish lighting company Profoto went public today, listing its shares on the Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchange. As a public company, Profoto is now required to publicly disclose its financial performance for the first time.

Photographer Nearly Gets Run Over by Angry Guy on Public Road

How would you react if you were threatened while doing a photo shoot in a public place? Los Angeles-based photographer Alex Stone says he was nearly run over yesterday by an angry man while doing a photo shoot on a public road. The confrontation was captured in the 3-minute video above (warning: there's very strong language).

Petition for Saving Freedom of Panorama in Europe Passes 300K Signatures

Last month, we shared how "freedom of panorama" has come under attack in Europe. According to a proposed amendment to copyright reforms being considered, photographers would need to seek authorization before commercially using photos showing copyrighted works that are permanently located in public spaces.

Once word of the proposed amendment got out, photographers have been working hard to speak out against the proposal in order to retain freedom of panorama.

Alert: Freedom of Panorama Under Threat in Europe

Should photographers be able to include copyrighted public building and sculptures in photos without having to worry about payment or permissions? The concept is called "freedom of panorama," and it's currently under attack over in Europe.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Makes Public 400K High-Res Images of Its Collection

NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has officially made available 400,000 high-resolution digital images of the collections it currently has in its possession.

Hoping to keep up with other museums, the Metropolitan has created an initiative, called Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC), that will “provide access to images of art in its collection that the Museum believes to be in the public domain.”

Animated Documentary Explains The UK Terrorism Act and How it Affects Photogs

In response to September 11th and London Bombings, the UK drafted a series of Terrorism Acts, giving their officers certain rights they thought would help fight terrorism. This included a section (58a) added in 2008 that made it illegal to photograph or film a police officer if the footage was likely to be useful to a terrorist. The police's interpretation of that section has since changed, but not before that "if" caused some newsworthy controversy.

This short animated documentary covers that controversy from the point of view of one of the act's victims, Gemma Atkinson, who was assaulted by police in 2009 because she was filming them searching her boyfriend. It tells the story of the subsequent legal battle she went through trying to get the act changed and hold the police officers who were unnecessarily rough with her accountable.

Who Owns Illegal Public Street Art Found on Private Buildings?

Who owns public art illegally placed onto private buildings? That's a question that came up recently after a famous Banksy work in London was ripped out of the side of a building, shipped across the Atlantic, and put up for auction with an estimated final price of over half a million dollars.

GoPro Reportedly Planning to Go Public with a $300M+ IPO

It's not every day that a camera company goes public, but that's what GoPro is reportedly trying to do.

Reuters, which broke the story, reports that the company is planning to raise $300 million to $500 million in an initial public offering sometime in 2013.

Shutterstock Files for IPO, Reveals Its Internal Facts and Figures

This past Monday, stock photography behemoth Shutterstock filed documents with the SEC to have an IPO and list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. The process requires Shutterstock to reveal its financial details, so the document provides an interesting look at how the company ticks and the state of the stock photography industry.

Photos of High Powered Laser Rainbows Projected Across the Night Sky

"Global Rainbow" is an outdoor art installation by Yvette Mattern that consists of seven high powered lasers projecting a bright rainbow across the night sky. The rainbow was originally displayed in New York in 2009, but has since appeared in cities across the UK. If you're lucky enough to see the project in real life, be sure to take some photographs -- it's not every day you get to enjoy rainbows at night.