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The Unexpected Profit from Personal Projects

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One thing I’ve learned in 25 years in business is that doing personal work that has meaning to me almost always leads to lucrative commercial assignments.  Although it is unpredictable beforehand how personal project A may lead to job B, in the end doing work that I am passionate about not only feeds my soul, it helps grow my business in unexpected ways. Back in the mid 1990s I did a project about a welfare…

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Post Symposium Thoughts

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If content is king, distribution is its queen. What does distribution and publication really mean today and in the foreseeable future? How can independent artists exercise their rights and gain fair compensation for the use of their work? I believe visual artists must adapt. We need to do business more efficiently by creating systems that allow us to be easily found and identified with our visual works. ASMP has reached 1000 photographers through our symposium…

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Copyright or Compensation?

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ASMP’s Copyright Symposium yesterday focused on the role of Copyright in the New Economy.  I walked away from the Symposium inspired and excited by the business ideas and opportunities discussed.  But, more importantly, the Symposium renewed and reinvigorated my commitment to continue searching for ways to protect the interests of independent creators.  A search I hope you’ll join. Copyright Law grants creators the exclusive right to exploit the fruits of their labors for a period…

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ASMP Copyright Symposium Today in NYC

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Copyright and the New Economy TimesCenter, 242 West 41st St
New York, NY Wednesday, April 21 Register Here. Morning Session 9:30 am – Welcome — Eugene Mopsik, ASMP Executive Director 9:45 am – 10:30 am – Overview of Copyright Law — Victor Perlman, ASMP General Counsel 10:45 am – 11:30 am – Story Telling in the Digital Age — Brian Storm, President Media Storm Afternoon Session 1:00 pm – Introductory Remarks — Richard Kelly, ASMP President…

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Copyright and The New Economy

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For many years, the profession of photography has been based on licensing a photo for a specific use, often with precise definitions on how, where and what size a given image can be reproduced. Today, myriad forces, including client requests, microstock and Internet publishing are prompting photographers to rethink the traditional rights-managed business model and search for creative new ways of selling their photographic services. Tomorrow, I’ll be moderating a panel of thought leaders on…

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Do You Register Your Images with the Copyright Office?

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Only a small percentage of photographers register their work with the copyright office. ASMP wants that to change. We have new resources to help: Read ASMP’s recommended Best Practices for registering your work. Attend one of our “Registration Workshops” traveling the country. Watch our new podcast on the steps to register unpublished work. Registering your work gives you the full benefit of copyright law. If you do not care enough about your photographs to take…

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