Copyright/Legal

Would-be Heirs Petition Again for Rights to Vivian Maier Estate

Posted by on Friday July 27, 2018 | Business, Copyright/Legal

The cover of a collection of Vivian Maier's photographs, published by John Maloof

Petitioners claiming to be the legal heirs of photographer Vivian Maier are once again back in court, this time with 300 pages of genealogical evidence to support their claim, according to attorney (and former photographer) David Deal. “There’s no doubt” they are blood relations to Maier, asserts Deal, who did most of the research and... More

Controversial Fair Use Copyright Ruling Faces Appeal

Posted by on Monday July 9, 2018 | Copyright/Legal

Following a controversial ruling in a copyright infringement case in Virginia, attorney (and former photographer) David Deal says he is appealing the decision on behalf of photographer Russell Brammer. Brammer sued Violent Hues Productions in 2017 for unauthorized use of a time-lapse photograph of the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Violent Hues, which organizes... More

Photographers Organize Against New York Times Rights Grab

Posted by on Thursday June 14, 2018 | Copyright/Legal

New York Times contributors have organized against an attempted rights grab by the newspaper, issued in the form of a work-for-hire contract for the production of drone footage. Through social media, several prize-winning photographers who shoot for the Times are urging fellow photographers not to sign the contract. They’ve also started a petition—which they say... More

Quick Tip: To Reduce Legal and Financial Risk, Register Your Business as an LLC

Posted by on Wednesday June 6, 2018 | Business, Copyright/Legal

©Ethan Yang Photography
Attorney Aaron M. Arce Stark

Beware of operating your photography business as a sole proprietorship, advises attorney Aaron M. Arce Stark in “Making Your Photo Studio an LLC: The Pros and Cons.” He explains: “Let’s say a client hires you to shoot an assignment. When it comes time to pay, the client writes you a check and addresses it to... More

Sinclair Broadcasting Responds to NPPA Criticism—by Pulling Funding for NPPA

Posted by on Friday April 6, 2018 | Copyright/Legal

Sinclair Broadcast, NPPA
NPPA criticized Sinclair after videos showed its anchors reading identical scripts about "fake news."

Sinclair Broadcast Group has pulled its funding for the National Press Photographers Association’s (NPPA) legal advocacy program after the trade group’s board of directors criticized Sinclair earlier this week. NPPA, a trade association that advocates for the legal rights of visual journalists, was one of several journalism and press freedom groups that criticized media giant Sinclair... More

Photographer Nicholas Nixon Investigated for Misconduct at MassArt

Posted by on Tuesday March 27, 2018 | Copyright/Legal

Nicholas Nixon, MassArt, sexual harassment
Nicholas Nixon's The Brown Sisters, published by MoMA

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is conducting a Title IX investigation of former photography professor Nicholas Nixon, following “recent allegations of inappropriate conduct,” according to a letter the school’s president sent to faculty, students, staff and alumni on March 22. The letter gave no details. Nixon, a celebrated photographer and 40-year veteran of teaching... More

Photographer of Marlboro Ads Exhibits Photos Richard Prince Copied

Posted by on Friday March 2, 2018 | Copyright/Legal, Fine Art

Richard Prince, Norm Clasen, appropriation, copyright
Norm Clasen, "Sunset Chase, Riverton, WY," 1985

Richard Prince, the controversial and often-sued appropriation artist, first achieved fame in the 1990s with his “Untitled (Cowboy)” series, for which he re-photographed ads for Marlboro cigarettes. While some photographers who worked on the campaign have complained about Prince getting rich on their images, photographer Norm Clasen is taking a new approach. He is now... More