Archive for July 2012

With Much Ado About Public Service, Google Pleads Fair Use in Big Copyright Case

Posted by on Tuesday July 31, 2012 | Copyright/Legal

Arguing that its Google Books program makes fair use of copyrighted books by providing an indispensable public service, Google has asked a federal court to dismiss The Authors Guild’s claim that Google is infringing the copyrights of authors on a “massive” scale. Google has scanned more than 12 million books–many of them still under copyright... More

Russell Brand Agrees to Community Service for Throwing Photog’s iPhone

Posted by on Friday July 27, 2012 | Celebrity

A Louisiana  judge has ordered actor Russell Brand to perform 20 hours of community service and pay $500 in court costs for throwing a photographer’s iPhone through a plate glass window last spring, the Associated Press has reported. The community service is not specified, but could involve “charitable work with people suffering from additictions,” according... More

Stipple’s Free Image Tagging Platform Aims to “Solve Image Attribution Problem”

Posted by on Thursday July 26, 2012 | Business, Copyright/Legal, Media

Image technology company Stipple has launched the free public beta version of its image tagging platform, which allows users to permanently embed attribution and other content—from editorial to e-commerce links—into their images. The company hopes that their service, which has been adopted by more than online 4,000 publishers to date, and as of today is... More

DC Police Department Issues Order Affirming Photographers’ Rights

Posted by on Wednesday July 25, 2012 | Photojournalism

To settle a right-to-photograph lawsuit filed by an aspiring photojournalist and the ACLU, the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department has issued a general order stating that “a bystander has the right under the First Amendment to observe and record [DC police officers] in the public discharge of their duties.” The order instructs police not to... More

New Gizmos at the Olympics: AP’s Robotic Cameras

Posted by on Thursday July 19, 2012 | Photojournalism

Major sporting events such as the Super Bowl and Olympic games are the incubation grounds for new camera technology, because news organizations are jockeying for competitive advantage and a chance to show off. And the Summer Olympics in London are no exception. Associated Press has posted this promotional video touting the robotic cameras it has... More

Activist Carlos Miller Laughs at Plea Bargain Offer

Posted by on Thursday July 19, 2012 | Photojournalism

Give state prosecutors in Miami Dade County, Florida credit for moxie, if not for unintentional Orwellian humor. Photojournalist and First Amendment activist Carlos Miller, who is facing charges for resisting arrest during a police raid on an Occupy encampment last January 31, says the Miami Dade County prosecutors have offered to drop charges against him–if... More

Celebrity Smackdown II: Shirley Jones Consented to Red Carpet Images, Appeals Court Affirms

Posted by on Wednesday July 18, 2012 | Celebrity, Photojournalism

A federal appeals court has upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit against Corbis by actress Shirley Jones, who charged that the photo agency violated her rights of publicity by marketing images of her without permission. The appeals court also refused to vacate an award of attorney’s fees to Corbis totaling $357,533. The decision was... More

Video Pick: “I Ain’t No Cowboy.”

Posted by on Wednesday July 18, 2012 | PDN Video Picks

Belgian photographer Titus Simoens has been working off and on across the United States, photographing slices of life in the American West. He recently won the Best in Show award at the Foto8 Summershow in London (featured on PDN Photo of the Day);  one of his images of America was honored in PDN’s Great Outdoors... More

Nielsen Photo Group Issues Statement on PIX Digital Magazine

Posted by on Tuesday July 17, 2012 | Uncategorized

On July 10 The Nielsen Photo Group, parent company of Photo District News, Rangefinder, and other publications and photography events, introduced a new, free digital magazine called PIX. A statement from The Nielsen Photo Group regarding the launch of PIX was sent out in PDNewswire, PDN‘s weekly newsletter, on July 12. Click here to read... More

Why Do You Love Photography? Win Tickets to PhotoShelter’s Luminance 2012!

Posted by on Tuesday July 17, 2012 | Events

(Sponsored Post) Why do you love photography?  Tell PhotoShelter and win tickets to Luminance 2012, a two-day event focused on the trends, innovations and opportunities in our industry — in a nutshell, the future of photography. A first-of-its-kind event, Luminance will tap into conversations being held among photographers, creatives, designers and entrepreneurs alike.  At its... More