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Anna Rabe

Anna Blanch Rabe is a communications consultant, writer, and speaker. A non-practicing attorney, she works with social impact businesses and non-profit organizations to develop and effectively execute narrative initiatives to gain exposure and develop community capacity. Her personal photography practice is largely shaped by her travels, both in the US and around the world.

Understanding Model Releases: What They Are and Why You Need to Use Them

Running a photography business can be complex. Why would you need a model release? I mean, after all, you own the copyright to the images, that means you can do whatever you want, right? No, actually it is unlikely you have completely free rein. Let me ask you some questions: Do you use images of …

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What is Fair Use of images and when does it apply to my images?

What is Fair Use of images and when does it apply to my images?

You may have heard that fair use is a defense to copyright infringement, but you’re not sure what that is. That’s completely okay. Fair use can be complicated, even for lawyers. Seriously. But we love making sure that you have the information you need to understand this concept and how it might impact your business. …

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Do I need to do background checks on contractors hired for photo shoots?

Do I need to do background checks on contractors hired for photo shoots?

Whether it is getting a photo with the Easter bunny, a character from a national holiday, a special magical photo with a favorite princess, or sitting up on Santa’s knee, photos with characters are something many photographers report their clients asking for all year round. Sometimes we have questions in our group of photographers that …

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4 Preventative measures you can take to legally protect your photography business

4 Preventative measures you can take to legally protect your photography business

We’re talking preventative measures to legally protect your photography business!  An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Someone said that. We think they are onto something. Your business is important to you. It might even be your livelihood and help you put food on the table and a roof over your …

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What to do when a client enters your professional photo in a contest or submits to a magazine or newspaper

What to do when a client enters your professional photo in a contest or submits to a magazine or newspaper

Sometimes, you have a client who is so excited and proud of the work you have created capturing them, their family, or their life, that they submit your images to a contest or to a magazine or newspaper for publication. They may not have ill intent, but nevertheless, you open a publication only to find …

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What happens to the commercial license of my images if that business is sold?

What happens to the commercial license of my images if that business is sold?

A situation that is more common than you might expect occurs when a business is bought or sold. A question that arises in this situation is as follows: If I license commercial use of my photographs to a business & the business is sold, is that commercial use license part of the business sale? Businesses …

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Can I design and print an album for a client with another photographer's photos if the client has print release?

Can I design and print an album for a client with another photographer’s photos if the client has print release?

The legality of designing and printing an album for a client with another photographer’s photos depends on the express terms of the licenses granted by the copyright owner. Like other third party services like editing, it is essential that the appropriate licenses are granted by the copyright owner, rather than just the client (who may …

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How do you pay yourself as the business owner? Learn 4 ways to get paid!

Let’s face it. We may love what we do and relish being business owners, but ultimately it’s about getting paid. Basically, “Show me the money!” right? Well, being a business owner can be a little different from back in the employee days when you didn’t have to think about all of the extra details that …

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How does implied license and quantum meruit affect how clients use my photos?

Before you give up and go find something else to read, we need to talk about a couple of concepts that come up time and time again in the context of copyright conflicts, especially in digital media. These concepts are “implied license” and Quantum Meruit.   Implied License The “implied license” doctrine is relatively limited …

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Piercing the corporate veil: what does it mean for photographers and how to prevent it

“The corporate veil” is the term used to describe the way that the liability of shareholders of a company is limited to their ownership in the company and does not extend to their personal assets. In one sense the “corporate veil” is a way of affirming that a corporation is a legally distinct entity, capable …

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Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters: legal preparations

Natural disasters strike with little warning. The last year has seen hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes and that’s barely scratching the surface. Many photographers affected by natural disasters have found themselves facing challenges they never could have considered. The statistics from the Small Business Administration suggest that one-third of the business affected by natural disasters never …

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someone pretending to be employee of your business

What to do if someone is pretending to be an employee of your photography business

You’ve discovered that someone is pretending to be an employee of your photography business? Or that someone is pretending to represent your company? Does this sound like you: First you got mad, then you were annoyed, and then you tried to figure out how to get them to stop? So what to do if someone …

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What if I am not vaccinated as a photographer?

What if I am an unvaccinated photographer? Do I have to declare my vaccination status to clients? You may have heard about a recent news story featuring a photographer who brought their allegedly unvaccinated toddler to a newborn shoot. It sparked conversations and arguments both within the photography community and among parents and those on …

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Can I charge my client for not signing a model release?

Email Opt-in laws for Canada, European Union countries, and Australia

We’ve written previously about the rules that apply in the USA. This article will explore the email opt-in laws for email recipients located in Canada, European Union countries, and Australia. There are obviously many more countries in the world where you might do business.   CANADA The applicable legislation in Canada is Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation …

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