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Copyright & IP

Lock in Total Brand Protection for Photographers

Now that we’ve talked about how to achieve total brand protection in the past few posts, It’s time for a review. Don’t worry, there isn’t a quiz or anything. First, it’s important to remember the three keys to owning your brand: Owning your assets through appropriate contracts with brand asset creators (logo designers, content writers, videographers, …

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Copyright 101 for Photographers

Hey you — yeah, you! Have you ever thought about copyrighting your business assets? You HAVEN’T?!? We need to fix that. Let me tell you why. WHAT YOU CAN COPYRIGHT Under United States Copyright Law, anything that’s “fixed in a tangible medium of expression” can receive copyright protection. That’s a fancy way of saying things …

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How-To: Hiring a Photo Editor

Hiring a photo editor can help increase your profit margin, maximize your time, and help grow your photography business.  As always here at TheLawTog, we want to help ensure that you are legally protected, so check out these tips below. First, determine their status – independent contractor versus employee. Second, provide yourself a budget line …

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Business Tools for Photographers

3 keys to owning your photography brand

Getting into business to make money off a craft you love is exhilarating, fun..but also overwhelming.  There is no getting around the legal tools needed to help protect you, your photography and your clients.   While setting up a legal photography business has many moving parts – primarily in three major phases. The Legal Triad – …

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Does the Bernie Sanders meme violate copyright law? | Copyright law for photographers

We’ve all seen the photo. Some of us even made some of these memes for personal and business use. The big question in the photography community today – does creating a meme with the Bernie Sanders sitting cut out violate copyright law? An Internet Meme is in legal terms, a derivative work, and usually copyright owner is …

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How to: Sessions Inspired from Movies, Comicbooks, Superheroes and more!

“We would love a Minnie Mouse session!” “Ohhh, can you do a Superman set?” “My daughter LOVES Barbie! Can you make her Barbie?” Creative requests from your clients are going to happen..but it is up to YOU to ensure that YOU are doing the legal thing. Understand, we are providing this information for you, because …

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Copyright FAQS every photographer must know

Copyright is a largely misunderstood and  important area of the law for photographers. Not only do we have protections in our logos and our own marketing assets, but we’re also selling (licensing or copyright transferring) photographs as our product. It is time we STAND up for ourselves. IF WE DON’T, WHO WILL?   Do I own …

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As Seen: Reframe Success + Rachel Brenke - The Importance of Protecting Your Business

As Seen: Reframe Success + Rachel Brenke – The Importance of Protecting Your Business

Christine Tremoulet invited Rachel on her new podcast to talk about contracts and copyrights. Get a pen and paper ready! This episode was chock-full of information you will want to have.   Key things to listen for: Why we need contracts How to use contracts to increase buyer confidence The importance of understanding the contracts …

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TheLawTog attorney prevails against AirBnB in copyright infringement negotiations

Recently, Rachel Brenke, head of TheLawTog® and owner at Connors and Brenke, took on corporate giant, Airbnb, and obtained a very favorable settlement in a large copyright infringement dispute on behalf of international photographer Jiayi Wang.  Not only is this a win for Wang, but this is a win against corporations who believe they can …

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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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Top 10 copyright tips for protecting your photography business

Top 10 copyright tips for protecting your photography business

We have our Top 10 copyright tips for protecting your photography business! One of the best investments of time and energy you can make as a photographer is to understand copyright and how you as the owner of a photography business can interact effectively with the law and protect your images and other intellectual property …

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Top 4 tools your photography business needs

Top 4 tools your photography business needs

  Strengthen & secure. Protect your biz + set expectations with clients using the Essentials Contract Bundle (click here)   Have you protected your images? Copyright registration is a very inexpensive yet super valuable protection for your images, blogs and other intellectual property.  Without registration, copyright protection is greatly lacking. (click here)   Be prepared. You need to …

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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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