ASMP Launches Legal Clinic

by | Oct 24, 2019 | Legal, Webinars



Each day, the modern photographer addresses multiple legal issues in their businesses. Whether it is copyright, contracts, or other legal requirements, photographers have had to up their game with basic legal knowledge to ensure that their work and livelihood is protected, and that they are compensated fairly for their work.

ASMP is well aware that legal services can be a very expensive line item in a photographer’s budget, especially if legal counsel is required to enforce contracts and licensing agreements that may have been breached by clients or third parties. To assist members with broadening their legal knowledge, ASMP is launching a new member benefit – the ASMP Legal Clinic – to provide members with legal knowledge to assist them in navigating those issues that may arise in their day to day work. Instead of the hundreds of dollars an hour it costs to consult an attorney directly, these series of webinars will be a cost-effective way to get critical legal information. ASMP believes that the legal knowledge that will be conveyed in the clinics will assist members in adopting best practices in negotiations and agreements that may be able to help members avoid costly legal expenses in the future. 

Beginning in November, Dallas-based ASMP General Counsel, Thomas Maddrey, of Maddrey PLLC, will be presenting the monthly online Clinics to provide legal insight related to copyright, licensing, and other legal topics of interest to members. Mr. Maddrey will provide information on various legal issues, and participate in a Q&A with Clinic attendees. Clinic attendees will be invited to submit topic-related questions prior to the webinar during the registration process for the Clinic so that Mr. Maddrey can address issues pertaining to the topic during the presentation. In an ever-changing legal landscape, up to date information is a vital part of any photographer’s business.

Registration fees for the Clinics will be $15/member and $30/non-member.

Upcoming Legal Clinics


Monday November 4 @ 9amPT/12pmET

What Photographers Need to Know About Copyright (Fall 2019 Edition)

In the last year, the Copyright Office and the courts have altered multiple requirements and standards that directly affect photographers. In this session, you will receive up to date info on copyright basics, registration tips, how to use the new spreadsheet and group applications required by the Copyright Office, and much more. This nuts-and-bolts webinar will get you up to speed on what, where, when, and how to register your copyrights, and why that is so vital. 

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Monday December 9 @ 9amPT/12pmET

How to Write a License Agreement That is Effective

So often, photographers have been using the same licensing agreements that were handed down to them years past. Unfortunately, many of these agreements are not going to count when it matters. In this session, we will review what needs to be in your license agreements to be effective, what cannot be in there, and how to write a license that will stand up to scrutiny by your client and the courts. This session will also include how best to get your client on board with your agreements, and when licensing might not be the best option. 

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Monday January 6 @ 9amPT/12pmET

Rights of Privacy and Publicity for Photographers (2020 Edition)

Every professional photographer knows about copyright, but many are not well versed in how the rights of privacy and publicity can have an effect on what you are paid, and when your client or subject can exert control over the images you create. Intertwined with these rights are model releases, and we will discuss how to draft a protective release and how recent advances in technology have changed the landscape for releases of all types. 

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