Copyright & Legal

Copyright Small Claims – Write Your Congressperson

By Jim Pickerell | 146 Words | Posted 1/15/2018 | Comments
In support of #SmallClaimsDay all U.S. image creators, stock agents (and friends of the creative community) are being asked to write their Congresspersons before January 17, 2018 and request that they co-sponsor H.R. 3945. By using this site (http://copyrightalliance.org/get-involved/add-your-voice/ ) sending letters is quick and easy to do!

Blockchain Pricing – Will It Work In The Stock Photo Industry?

By Jim Pickerell | 1820 Words | Posted 1/12/2018 | Comments
When I first heard about a blockchain based strategy for licensing stock images it sounded like it might have some potential. What photographer wouldn’t like to be able set the price for the licensing of his/her images, have customers pay those prices, and have most of the price the customer pays immediately credited to the photographer’s account. Sounds great.

IPStock Launch Blockchain Ecosystem For Stock Images

By Jim Pickerell | 611 Words | Posted 1/12/2018 | Comments
IPStock, run by Geneva based company Intellectual Property Depository and Management (IPDM) that develops a unique fintech platform for visual digital assets, has announced the launch of pre-ICO for its blockchain registry of visual digital content copyrights.

Copytrack Comments On KodakOne

By Jim Pickerell | 421 Words | Posted 1/12/2018 | Comments
Kodak have just started their new project “KodakOne” and already their shares have skyrocketed. In 2012 it was a different story as they were on the verge of bankruptcy, but they are slowly fighting their way back with their new idea. But what’s all the hype around the new project “KodakOne”?

Kodak Announces Photographer-Friendly Cryptocurrency

By Jim Pickerell | 783 Words | Posted 1/10/2018 | Comments
Kodak and WENN Digital, in a licensing partnership, have announced the launch of the KODAKOne image rights management platform utilizing blockchain technology and KODAKCoin, a photo-centric cryptocurrency to empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management.

Copytrack’s Blockchain-based Global Copyright Registery

By Jim Pickerell | 650 Words | Posted 1/10/2018 | Comments
Copytrack, the German organization that tracks use of images on the Internet and then pursues infringers when an unauthorized use is discovered has announced that its “blockchain powered copyright registry and enforcement platform is preparing the enter the second round of the crowdsale” as a way of raising revenue for future expansion.

Finding Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 835 Words | Posted 12/27/2017 | Comments
Most commercial users want to be honest. They don’t set out to steal. They certainly don’t want to be chased by a photographer and his/her legal team once it is discovered that they have used an image without permission. If photographers want to license more images to professional users – and get better prices – then they must make it easier for customers to find them once the customers finds an image they would like to use. The process is easy enough if the customer finds the image on a stock agency website, but more and more customers are finding the images they would like to use by searching Google, Bing, Flickr or by randomly searching Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, other social media sites or various publications.

The Cost Of Trusted Information

By Jim Pickerell | 708 Words | Posted 12/27/2017 | Comments
The European Parliament is debating new legislation that could require Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major players to share some of the advertising revenue they earn from making the information produced and supplied by major European press agencies available to readers for free.

Netherlands Judge Redefines Creativity And Copyright

By Jim Pickerell | 1779 Words | Posted 12/1/2017 | Comments
A judge published a verdict on November 28, 2017 in the District Court of North Hoilland that could dramatically change the meaning of copyright in the Netherlands, if it is upheld. Masterfile and Mediapro, its representative in the Netherlands, had brought a case against a website operator who had used a Masterfile distributed photo of a “clear close-up of a temperature gauge of a car.” The photo was used without permission and no payment was made by the website operator to Masterfile

Can Customers Find You?

By Jim Pickerell | 1558 Words | Posted 11/28/2017 | Comments
When potential customers see one of your images they would like to use can they find you or your representative. More and more image users are finding the images they would like to use by searching Google or Bing. They also stumble on images that would be perfect for their next project while searching Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and other social media sites.

Explaining The Copyright Small Claims Bill

By Jim Pickerell | 54 Words | Posted 11/21/2017 | Comments
There have been many articles published about how the Copyright Small Claims Bill, H.R. 3945,  entitled, the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” (the “CASE Act”) will benefit image creators. Here is a link to an excellent article that may make it easier for photographers to understand exactly how the Act will benefit them.

Small Claims Legislation Update

By Jim Pickerell | 841 Words | Posted 10/5/2017 | Comments
A bipartisan solution to help artists, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, songwriters, authors and other creators protect their life’s work from unauthorized reproduction has been introduced by U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a Democrat, and U.S. Representative Tom Marino (PA-10), a Republican, both members of the members of the House Judiciary Committee.

Restrictions On Retouching Photos Of People

By Jim Pickerell | 183 Words | Posted 9/26/2017 | Comments
Effective October 1, 2017 a new French law obliges clients who use commercial images in France to disclose whether the body shape of a model has been retouched to make the individual look thinner or larger.

ImageRights Simplifies Copyright Registration

By Jim Pickerell | 416 Words | Posted 9/12/2017 | Comments
ImageRights International, the global leader in copyright enforcement services for photo agencies and professional photographers has launched a dedicated copyright registration service. For the first time, any photographer or agency can register their images with the United States Copyright Office through ImageRights highly efficient and precise copyright service. Previously, only ImageRights members had access to the service.

Court Permits Copyright Claim To Proceed Despite Error In Registration Application

By Jim Pickerell | 256 Words | Posted 9/8/2017 | Comments
The District Court of the Southern District of New York, in the case of Archie MD, Inc. v. Elsevier, Inc., recently clarified the standard by which a copyright registration may be considered valid despite containing inaccurate information.

Wining Photo Contests

By Jim Pickerell | 154 Words | Posted 9/7/2017 | Comments
It is no longer necessary to take pictures in order to win photo contest. Photographers who share their images on public domain sites are sometimes surprised to learn that others have taken their images, entered them in photo contests and won awards.

Eight Tips To Prevent Image Theft

By Jim Pickerell | 866 Words | Posted 8/31/2017 | Comments
Everyday Copytrack is confronted with the question from their users of how they can protect their images. Despite there being no one method that completely protects image online, we suggest other tools and ways that reduce the chances of image theft. Here are the simplest to the most complex methods for image protection as presented by Copytrack.

Shutterstock Finds Way To Better Protect Its Watermarks

By Jim Pickerell | 275 Words | Posted 8/30/2017 | Comments
A couple weeks ago we reported that Google researchers had found a way to remove the watermarks used by most stock photographer and stock photography sites. To protect their watermarks Shutterstock engineers have designed a “watermark randomizer” that adds subtle inconsistencies to its marks, ensuring each one is a little different and making them difficult for Google to remove.

Watermarks On Photos: Easily Removed

By Jim Pickerell | 250 Words | Posted 8/18/2017 | Comments
Researchers at Google have found a vulnerability in the way watermarks are used by stock imagery sites like Adobe Stock that makes it possible to remove the opaque stamp used to protect copyright.

Demand For Assistance In Pursuing Copyright Abuse Increases

By Jim Pickerell | 504 Words | Posted 8/16/2017 | Comments
Increasingly, image creators are turning to online service providers to provide assistance and support in pursuing copyright abuse. Copytrack is seeing rising customer demand in both Japan and the U.S. Marcus Schmitt, Copytrack CEO, attributes the heightened demand to the Berlin-based portal’s strong international involvement in Asian and US congresses, and associations, such as Japan Professional Photographer Society and the Digital Media Licensing Association in New York.

Legal Portraits

By Jim Pickerell | 199 Words | Posted 8/9/2017 | Comments
Stock photographers looking for a way to make some extra money might want to take a look at this article from the National Law Review. The Law Review argues that law firms need to consistently update their attorney portraits on their websites because “prospective clients may use them to form a first impression” of the law firm.

Pursuing Copyright Infringement

By Jim Pickerell | 174 Words | Posted 8/9/2017 | Comments
Photographers living in the New York Metro Area who have evidence of a copyright infringement of their work may want to check out this opportunity for free legal assistance in pursuing their case.

Legal Tips For Part Time Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 785 Words | Posted 7/25/2017 | Comments
There is increased demand for real, authentic photos, not set up shots using professional models. Many photographers grabbing these “authentic” photos on holiday, or as they go about their daily lives, ignore some of the legal hassles that can arise as a result of trying to license use to such images.

ImageRights Acquires Image Witness

By Jim Pickerell | 447 Words | Posted 7/17/2017 | Comments
ImageRights International, the global leader in copyright enforcement services for photo agencies and professional photographers, today announced the acquisition of Australia’s Image Witness, whose rapid scan image search technology fortifies ImageRights’ technology leadership position in the fast-growing copyright enforcement services industry.

EU Fines Google 2.72 Billion For Unfair Practices

By Jim Pickerell | 584 Words | Posted 6/27/2017 | Comments
The European Commission, which polices European Union competition rules, has imposed a  €2.42 billion euros ($2.72 Billion) fine on Google for breaching antitrust rules with its online shopping service. The ruling alleges that "Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service." Google was given 90 days to stop or face fines of up to 5 percent of the average daily worldwide turnover of parent company Alphabet.