Archive for the 'Legal' Category

Have you ever broken a law to get a photograph?

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Picture: No trespassing signs and fence along the shore of Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, California Have you ever broken a law or ignored a warning to get a photograph? The things some photographers do leave me raising an eyebrow, rolling my eyes, or worse, feeling like the words, “I’m a photographer,” is becoming more […]

Hey, that’s my picture in your painting! (Derivative Use)

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Picture: Side by side comparison of my “Native Spirit; Bird flying past El Capitan in Yosemite Valley” photo and a screen capture of a derivative use painting. On top of all the other stuff that’s been keeping me busy lately, guess what I found? While re-writing a section of my current book project, I wanted […]

The joys and perils of going viral

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Picture: Elk in river during wildfire, Bitterroot National Forest in Montana; credit: John McColgan / Alaska Fire Service Several times in the last few weeks, I’ve watched as photos have gone ‘viral’. In the Internet age, that means that photos receive immediate and widespread recognition and distribution on web sites across the globe. If you’re […]

Great Photo Business Links 090713

Friday, July 17th, 2009

From Art Wolfe and Outdoor Photographer Magazine: Get into the Stock Market. In this article, famed photographer Art Wolfe shares his wisdom with aspiring outdoor & nature photographers who are starting down the path of wanting to sell their images. While he discusses many of the fragmenting and frustrating changes in the industry, he does […]

By Order of the Chief: Photography Allowed

Monday, May 18th, 2009

New York City Attorney and Photographer Rights Advocate Edward C. Greenberg was nice enough to send me a note and pdf file that contains a one page Operations Order memorandum issued by the New York Police Department (NYPD) to its patrol officers detailing the position and behavior of police officers toward photographers in the Big […]

Noteworthy legal tidbits re: books and the NT

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Picture: Fountain Garden at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Cotswolds Region, Oxfordshire, England A couple legal tidbits worth noting: First; Are you an author? Do you have a book of your photography or writing that’s been published before Janunary 5th, 2009? If so, you may want to look over the following pdf about the Google Books Class […]

Licensing Copyrights & Copywrongs on the Left Coast

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

And now back to our regularly scheduled business programmig: First is an announcement for those living and working in the Southern California region, and following that is a strong suggestion for everyone who dabbles in stock photography The West Coast Chapter of the ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals) is hosting an event in Culver […]

Rules for Photoing voting

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Thanks to a recent thread in a newsgroup forum, I found this very useful link about State Laws and Guidelines for photography or videography of voters, voting, and polling places. Please note the disclaimer on the web site saying that the information is not meant to be interpreted as legal advice. If you are interested […]

Ethics are for sissies

Monday, September 15th, 2008

In the modern visual world, some people want to use their photography to do more than just tell a news story, they want to make up a story using their photo. For editorail journalism, there is a fairly clearcut set of guidelines, while in the world of parody and opinion are much less defined. Two […]

How many reasons for a celebration?

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

How many reasons do you need for a celebration? For me, right now, it’s two; the recent successful server upgrade and my blog upgrade to WordPress 2.5 both of which seems to be working. (Knocking on wood.) However, I’m shorted by a mere 11,999,998 reasons when compared to photographer Liz Ordones-Dawes who has been awarded […]

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