The Fair Use Quandary

The anatomy of a copyright infringement dispute

Much has been written recently regarding Jay Maisel’s enforcement of his copyrights, and especially of the demand that he made against Portland, Oregon-based Andy Baio, a self-described writer and tech entrepreneur, arising from Baio’s unauthorized use of the cover art from one of Miles Davis’ records. The vast majority of commentary... Read more

Vision To Visuals: A Moveable Feast

Painter Nicole Etienne experiments with photography and printing

"I was hooked like a magpie to shiny things," says Nicole Etienne, the dynamic young painter known for her "luscious" paintings, of her first encounter with print materials at Duggal. Etienne had lived close to the Duggal headquarters in the Flatiron District for almost a decade before she moved to London. Remembering her walks past... Read more

Stay On Track

Before filing a lawsuit, consider the possible ramifications and what victory or loss will accomplish

One of the inevitable realities that any business involved in image creation and/or licensing will encounter is discovering instances where the business’ copyrights have been infringed. It’s important to keep business goals in mind when confronted with any sort of legal issue, and infringement is no exception. Increasingly, I find that... Read more

Vision To Visuals: Art And The Downtown Alliance

Wrapping post-9/11 construction zones in transformative art

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 arrived in our city with grace. Valiant reconstruction efforts that have silently been at play in the past decade revealed a rejuvenated New York. Lower Manhattan’s once desolate neighborhoods are now burgeoning with new businesses, and neighborhoods are showing the creative resolve of political and business figures... Read more

Under Fire

In an era of “cell phone” photojournalism, does the professional photographer still have a role?

During the recent uprisings in the Middle East commonly referred to as the Arab Spring, the people of the region were able to circumvent censorship and bring governments to their knees, thanks in large part to cell phone and mobile digital technology. Images and videos were disseminated to the world via social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr... Read more

Vision To Visuals: Audacity!

A multimedia artist who embodies zest for living

Fashion photography and wildlife photography are such distinctly different genres that to imagine the two together in a single frame, one must attempt to reconcile the paradoxical imagery of fashion models in glamorous urban studios against the thrilling scenes of wild beasts in their natural habitats. Any photographer who attempts to merge these two... Read more

Vision To Visuals: Reconnections

Korean artist Ahae created a huge archive of a narrow vista

Alfred Stieglitz, the father of modern photography, once famously remarked, "Claims of art won’t do. Let the photographer make a perfect photograph. And if he happens to be a lover of perfection and a seer, the resulting photograph will be straight and beautiful—a true photograph." Ahae, a Korean naturalist and photographer in his... Read more

Vigilantes

Taking matters into your own hands can backfire, so don’t play the fool when enforcing your copyrights. In the Wild West world of the Internet, everything isn’t necessarily as cut-and-dried as it seems.

In this age of digital imaging, it’s only a matter of time before anyone who distributes images, electronically or otherwise, will find his or her images used without consent and copyrights infringed. Since one can make a perfect copy of an original image by simply copying the digital file, the technical issues that once made it difficult to copy... Read more

Kickstarting Your Project

Crowdsourcing as an option for photographers

Gerd Ludwig is no stranger to the pages of Digital Photo Pro, and his history in the world of photography is long and storied. Ludwig was cofounder of Germany’s very first photographer-owned photo studio, VISUM, and he has been published frequently over the years in the highly regarded pages of Stern, Time, Life and other publications. In the... Read more

Vision To Visuals: Aid Is In Fashion

Stefano Guindani turns his lens from the glitz of the runway to the poverty of Haiti’s children

How does a fashion photographer shooting for luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Valentino end up creating a body of photojournalistic work so moving that it rallies the entire fashion world in support of a profoundly humanitarian cause? Haiti: Through the Eye of Stefano Guindani, a unique 168-page photographic... Read more

Vision to Visuals: Building An Aesthetic

As part of a project for the Greenmarket Tavern in New York, photographer Larry Letters created a collection of images to tell the story of wine

There’s nothing like an economic downturn to spark the creative wheels of entrepreneurs in a city like New York. Every down cycle in this city ends with a burst of entrepreneurial innovation that leads to the new up cycle. Greenmarket Tavern, the brand-new restaurant in the Photography District, is one such explosion of culinary creativity that... Read more

It's Not A Winning Ticket

Someone used my picture without permission! What do I win?

Over the last three years, I’ve been involved in the copyright infringement case Latimer v. Roaring Toyz, et al. The case has been reported by various photo-industry publications and blogs since it involved a claim of copyright infringement brought by a photographer against several high-profile defendants. Today, the case, which has all the trappings... Read more
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