Jay Maisel: Protecting Copyright

Posted on 7/8/2011 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (2)

Anyone who has been in the photo business for any length of time knows that Jay Maisel is one of the truly great photographers and a first-class person. His unique vision kept him busy for over 40 years shooting annual reports, magazine covers, jazz albums, advertising and more for clients worldwide until he retired from active commercial work in the late ‘90s.

He has lectured extensively at photography workshops throughout the country and has a reputation as a giving and inspiring teacher. However, recently he has been verbally abused on the Internet and his New York home vandalized because he had the temerity to protect his copyright.

In a blog post everyone will want to read Jeremy Nicholl lays out the whole story of how Andy Baio used Jay’s image of Miles Davis that was shot for Davis’ famous Kind of Blue record album; Jay sued; they settled out of court. Then there was an explosion of vindictive on the Internet from all the people who think everything should be free that forced him to take down his Facebook page.
You may also want to read Baio’s version under the title “Kind of Screwed” at his site http://waxy.org and take a look at what the “protectors of free use of everything” did to the outside of Jay’s home.

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Jim Pickerell is founder of www.selling-stock.com, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  


  • Bill BachmannI've known Jay a long time and he is ethical. We should be paid for usage --- PERIOD! I always protect my copyright as Jay does, and I have had lawsuits settled in my favor.

    We are NOT being extra strong.... we are being firm in that photography is a BUSINESS and we should be paid!

    Bill Bachmann
    Posted on Jul 9, 2011
  • Leslie HughesI was so sad to read this post. Jay Maisel - and any photographer - should be able to control their content. PERIOD. I don't have a problem with those wanting to make their content available for some uses for free but I have BIG problem with those disrespecting the right of any photographer or artist who don't want their content used. And if you don't have the right to use an image, then don't. Sheesh.. Posted on Jul 9, 2011

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