ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

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‘Landmark’ Copyright Case Featuring Photo of Tom Brady Addresses Whether Media Can Embed Images or Not

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Jack Alexander] A conclusion has been reached in what is described as a “landmark California case,” where a photographer sued numerous media outlets for embedding his photo of Tom Brady within news articles. The photographer originally posted the picture on Snapchat, from where it was then posted by internet users on Twitter, the posts of which the media used as their embeds. As the story goes, photographer Justin Goldman posted a photo…

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How To Draw Up Photography Contract For Your Business

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Cross-posted from Light Stalking [by Dahlia Ambrose] A photography contract is something you’ll have come across if you are a professional or thinking about becoming a professional photographer. If you are running a business as a professional photographer, then you need to have a contract in place. This applies to any genre of photography whether you work in a studio or on location, and you will need to set the terms of the job in writing…

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Federal Jury: HISD Staff Repeatedly Violated Copyright Laws, Owe Company $9.2M

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Cross-posted from The Houston Chronicle [by Jacob Carpenter] In the winter of 2013, when the principal of Houston ISD’s Westside High School suggested making copies of colorful study guides recently purchased from a small Austin-area company, an English teacher responded that there was a “glaring disclaimer about copyright” at the bottom of the documents. The teacher suggested the guides, which cost nearly $2,000 total, should be handed out during class and picked up before the…

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Miami Police Handcuff Photographer, Take Camera and Phone for Attempting to Take Pictures at Accident Scene

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Alex Cooke] On May 25, a Miami photographer was handcuffed and had his equipment seized when he attempted to take photos of an accident scene. The photographer, Jacob Katel, was driving to Miami Beach when he came across a motorcycle crash. Katel then parked his car and got out to photograph the scene (Katel has been a freelance media photographer for a decade). Within seconds of exiting his car, Katel says…

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Time Inc. Settles with Photographer in Case of Tweeted Tom Brady Pic

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Cross-posted from PDNPulse [by Holly Hughes] Photographer Justin Goldman has reached a settlement with Time Inc., one of the nine defendants in a copyright infringement case involving the common practice of publications “embedding” Tweets in articles. The settlement effectively ends any further appeals in the case, which has implications for how publishers share and display copyrighted images hosted on social media servers and other websites. In 2017, Goldman sued Time, The Boston Globe and other online publishers after they embedded…

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How To Market Your Work When Self-Confidence Is Low

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Cross-posted from Psychology for Photographers [by Jenika] You know that brief moment of hesitation at the dinner party that makes you miss the window to say “Hey, that’s what I do!” before conversation moves on? Or closing the tab on the ‘speaker application’ page of a conference, with a “Maybe next year?” When you do creative work, even a slight dip in self-confidence can seriously halt your business, or at least shrink your footprint.  Your work…

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No CNN, Net 90 Is Not a Reasonable Payment Term

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union [by Caitlin Pearce] CNN has announced plans to implement Net 90 payment terms. Here’s why that can’t fly. According to Twitter user Marcus DiPaola, CNN sent a letter to freelancers this week stating that as of June 17 of this year, it would extend payment terms to “Net 90” (payment 90 days after invoice). The letter also said that Turner is currently working with Citi on providing an optional program that uses…

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Canva acquires Pixabay and Pexels

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Wouter du Toit] I met up with Melanie Perkins at the VIVATECH conference in Paris this weekend. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Canva, a company aiming to democratize design and marketing materials. They have acquired Pexels and Pixabay. I first saw her on stage. On her left was the founder of Revolut, a digital bank, and on her right were two investors aiming to grow and incubate startups in Europe….

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Member Discount for LDV Summit in NYC – May 22nd & 23rd

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The 6th annual LDV Vision Summit will be Wednesday, May 22 & Thursday, May 23 in NYC, where 600+ leading technologists, entrepreneurs & investors will explore how computer vision, machine learning & AI are revolutionizing business & humanity. See Summit Agenda and Summit Themes.   Summit Speakers  will be from Facebook, Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, WeWork, CTRL-Labs, Cruise Automation, Linkedin, Lux Capital, Magic Leap, and much more. Go to ASMP’s LDV Vision Summit benefit page to acquire…

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We Still Need Stock Photography (for Memes?)

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Cross-posted from PhotoShelter Blog [by Allen Murabayashi] There was a time when you could make a full-time living producing stock photography. That changed in the mid-90s with the introduction of royalty-free stock CDs. Digital photography and the rise of microstock created enormous downward pricing pressure on the industry. Nevertheless, stock photography still satisfies a real need for generic photography at a (too) reasonable price when commissioned photography isn’t feasible. Sarah and Allen talk about stock…

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Creative Photographs: Tourist Locations

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Cross-posted from luminous-landscapes.com [by David Osborn] How many times do you walk away from a scene saying ‘I couldn’t see a good picture? The tourist location is generic by definition – everyone standing in the same spot will get the same photograph; but this does not mean it cannot become a great artistic photograph. The key is ‘What you do to the photograph’. We tend to stop short – expecting the camera to do all…

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Freelance Isn’t Free: Two Years Proudly Helping NYC Freelancers

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On the second anniversary of the Freelance Isn’t Free law, we found out how the DCWP helps freelancers fight back against nonpayment every day. Cross-posted from Freelancers Union Blog [by Lisa Billups] I have been a Freelance Isn’t Free Navigator at the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) since the law went into effect two years ago today. The Freelance Isn’t Free law gives freelance workers the right to a written contract, timely payment,…

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