Tag: copyright

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PETA sues photographer David Slater because of monkey selfie

You probably remember the curious story about the monky selfie I’ve reported about here and here in August last year? Just to refresh your memory in case you don’t, back in 2011 a macaque female snatched a camera owned by nature photographer David Slater and snapped several selfies with it. Since the photos weren’t taken ...

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Copyright suit Art Dragulis v. Kappa Map Group illustrates why one should be careful with CC licenses

As reported on techdirt.com, photographer Art Dragulis lost a lawsuit against an enterprise that used one of his pictures for commercial purposes without prior permission. © Art Dragulis As a photographer you must be wondering how this could happen. However, an outcry in the photo community would be inappropriate because this is a clear case of ...

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Copyright and the case Richard Prince

Have you ever heard about the controversial US American painter and photographer Richard Prince? If not, he is a well-known representative of Appropriation Art – infamous among photographers for only slightly changing the works of other artists and then literally selling them as his own. One would think that these sorts of actions infringe on ...

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U.S.Copyright Office: Monkey Selfies Can’t Be Copyrighted

Hardly three weeks after the monkey business revolving around the monkey selfie ensued, the US Copyright Office made a comment on the issue in its 1,222-page long document “Compendium of US Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition“. Just as a quick reminder: 2011 a crested black macaque took the said monkey selfie, which you can view ...

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The Monkey Selfie: a Tough Nut to Crack for Legal System and Photo Community

The following story about famous British nature photographer David Slater and the monkey selfie has been dividing the photo community for days and may potentially turn the legal understanding of animals upside down completely. When Slater visited the Indonesian isle Sulawesi in 2011 to take pictures of macaques, he left his camera unattended for a ...

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Website Recommendation: Photo Stealers the “Wall of Shame” for Photo Thieves

Usually, my blog is about photo news and rumors, talented photographers, interesting projects and techniques, as well as my own photos and equipment. The Photo Stealers Blog clearly doesn’t rank among my usual themes. And still, it could be interesting for all wishing to get informed on shady practices and photo theft on the web. ...

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Expensive adhortatory letter for sharing thumbnail previews on Facebook

Imagine you read an interesting online article, you decided to “share” it, whereupon a preview with a photo appeared on your Wall and hey presto, you received an adhortatory letter with a demand for damages amounting to €1,200. According to the German news ticker heise.de, this happened to a Facebook commercial site operator, because of ...