Copyright/Legal

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

In Monkey Selfie Case, Appeals Court Says Animals Can’t Sue for Copyright

Posted by on Tuesday April 24, 2018 | Copyright/Legal

PETA's hopes to extend copyright to the animal kingdom are dashed.

A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the infamous monkey selfie case, on the grounds that “the Copyright Act does not expressly authorize animals to file copyright infringement claims under the statute.” The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is located in San Francisco, handed down the ruling... 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

Getty Licensing Deal with Google Suggests Thawing of Relations

Posted by on Monday February 12, 2018 | Copyright/Legal

Getty Images has announced a partnership with Google that includes a multi-year deal licensing deal. In a statement released by Getty on Friday, the two companies exchanged pleasantries, but offered few details about the deal. The “collaborative relationship” between the companies, said Getty CEO Dawn Airey, will allow Getty to work “closely with [Google] to... More

Report: Terry Richardson Under NYPD Investigation for Sexual Assault

Posted by on Thursday January 4, 2018 | Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Police are finally investigating the mounting accusations of sexual assault against Terry Richardson, while clients quietly continue to hire him.

Photographer Terry Richardson is under investigation by the New York City police department, following accusations of sexual assault by two former models, according to the New York Daily News. Through his attorneys, Richardson has denied the allegations. Caron Bernstein, a former Ford model, told the Daily News last month that Richardson sexually assaulted her at... More