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Is a Pinterest inspiration board photography copyright infringement?

You’re hammering away at your client workflow and planning the session with your client.  It is going to be killer.  Awesome location.  Capable and fantastic hair and makeup artist. But it all comes to a screeching halt when it is time to have your clients visually show their vision of the session.  You wonder to …

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How to send a DMCA to remove photography copyright infringement

In today’s world images are posted, downloaded, pinned, saved, and re-shared from all corners of the globe.  With this ability to find and use content at a mass level, it is no surprise that copyright issues have become prevalent.  In order to keep up with the complexities of growing technology, the law has responded with …

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Photography copyright misuse: only the smile remained

“Defendants removed so much of the original that, as with the Cheshire Cat, only the smile remains.” There are many blogs that discuss the legal ramifications of using other people’s images without consent – photography copyright misuse. However, what about the person who receives consent or a non-exclusive right to use a specific photograph and …

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If I imitate a photography session is that copyright infringement?

I came across a great location and gained permission from the property owner to use it.  A well-known photographer has used that location for a few years.  I have had a wooden swing and this location is the perfect place to put it up and use it.  This same photographer also uses a wooden swing …

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What is fair use and how does it affect the copyright of my photos?

As photographers we are creators of images – these images can be for fun, self, commercial, or just because.   The idea of what the images are for doesn’t change who owns the rights to the images (unless specifically contracted).   We own the copyright to the images we create – which gives us the right …

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If I own copyright of the image do I still need a permission to post?

“I am a portrait photographer and I have a website where I maintain online galleries.  In my viewpoint this is not an ad, merely an art exhibit; I do not view them as being used in a commercial way. My contract has a clause in it stating that I can use the images from that …

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Stop messing up my art

Stop messing up my art! That’s violating copyright! | Legal tips for photographers

Stand by our copyright laws. We hear about it happening. A lot. This week alone I found photos of mine on some random site that allowed people to download full-resolution files, forum posts about how big box store employees are being requested to not ask customers for a print release, and clients print-screen copying photographs …

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Copyright vs. Print Release-A comparison of photo release forms

With the advancement of digital cameras and consumer demands for digital files, I understand how it can be confusing and scary to deal with the legalities. If you hop in one social media group, you’re told to never sell copyright. If you hop in another, they say just give all copyrights away. Your head is …

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Why to Leverage Commercial Licensing for Extra Income

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxkXm3zr4bo&t=5s I love helping other entrepreneurs.  Business to Business. . .YES, please!  I thrive off helping others get a piece of that entrepreneurship pie.  And this, this is why I love adding commercial photography into my business and why I think you should too.  As photographers, we know how important visual imagery is.  We are not just selling photography, …

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Free: Contract delivery

Download Your Free Photography Contract One of the most overlooked photography contracts is a product delivery confirmation.  This closes out the relationship by clients accepting products and services and you can then rest comfortably knowing you fulfilled your obligations! It’s often forgot about so we’re giving it to you for free! Meet TheLawTog® Before we dig …

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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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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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How to close your business

Deciding to close your business can be a stressful but needed choice. Here is a high-level checklist to help you walk step-by-step to wrapping up your business affairs.   Protect the intellectual property Make sure to transfer all intellectual property from entity to yourself personally – this includes photographs, logos, etc.  – Use this document …

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Free: CK – Deliver

The Contracts Checklist Kit It can be overwhelming to run your own photography business. From contracts and release forms to intellectual property law, the complexities are intimidating. As a team of lawyers and photographers, we know what it’s like. And we don’t want fear of the unknown keeping you up at night. That’s why we …

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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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How to hire a second shooter for wedding photography

Second shooters can be of great help to event photographers, particularly wedding photographers; they can help you capture parts of the event that you just wouldn’t get to otherwise. They are also the place many photographers begin if they are interested in specializing in wedding or event photography – especially when they are trying to build …

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How to write a photography contract

Having written agreements with your clients creates legal protection for both parties, outlines expectations and provides customer service. You should never go into any photography session without some written documentation to help guide the relationship. I am happy to have convinced you that you need a contract.  At a minimum, you need a services contract, …

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