Defending Your Copyright Could Cost You

How recent rulings in DMCA takedown cases could jeopardize your rights and result in big penalties
By Samuel Lewis
A recent court decision may have a significant impact on photographers and other copyright owners who send DMCA (the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998) takedown notices to online providers. In a nutshell, those who fail to perform an adequate analysis, including a fair use analysis, prior to sending a…

Dan Rubin: The New Face Of Social Media

Or how to get 750,000 followers and establish yourself as the poster child for Instagram without really trying
By David Schloss, Photography By Dan Rubin
Before the rise of Instagram, Dan Rubin didn’t consider himself a photographer. He didn’t expect to have three-quarters of a million followers on Instagram. He hadn’t envisioned a career of flying around the world to shoot social-media and advertising campaigns for major companies. In fact, while he was drawn to…

The Transforming Nature Of Fair Use

The concept of fair use is a double-edged sword, allowing photographers to create new works, but also threatening copyright at the same time
By Samuel Lewis
Accuse someone of engaging in copyright infringement and one of the more common responses you’re likely to receive from the accused infringer is that it’s a “fair use.” If anecdotal evidence is any indication, most photographers who have attempted to enforce their rights have experienced this sort of response at…

Move Forward With Social Media

Introduce and publicize your photography to others without falling into a time-wasting black hole
By Jim Goldstein
It could be said that half the battle for photographers, beyond taking a great photo, is finding a way for people to see that great photo. The ability to find online exposure of your work has evolved from photo forum websites to photo-sharing sites and now social-networking sites. At each…

DPP Solutions: Establish Your Value

How you’ll be valued is at least as important as how you structure your pricing for a wedding job
By Staff
In The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, a young d'Artagnan asks the brooding yet wise Athos for advice in a matter of the heart. Athos pointedly refuses even to hear the question, saying that people ask for advice for one of two reasons: So they can blame someone afterward or…

Business Tech

Make Instagram work for you
By Jay Goodrich
Instagram made its inauspicious debut as an app for the iPhone on the social-media circuit on October 6, 2010, and it's now the seventh-highest ranked social-media platform out there. Unlike any other social-media platform, Instagram focuses only on photography, which means you need to care about this platform. Yes, Facebook…
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