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Risky business

Getting behind the camera can lead to all sorts of unpredictable situations, so before you set off make sure it doesn’t end up costing you thousands. Paparazzi photographers get into scrapes with celebrities – causing equipment damage, court cases and sometimes serious injury. There is a clip of a photographer headbutting Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay on… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Instagram or Instasham?

On 18th December, Instagram published a set of T&Cs which were hammered across online communities.  If Twitter traffic is to be believed, many people closed their accounts as the revised terms appeared to give the Facebook-owned site the perpetual rights to all images uploaded. Users were particularly worried that Instagram could use their photos for… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The law on shooting famous buildings

Trademarked buildings, architectural copyright and logos littered across the urban landscape raise serious questions for professional photographers. All can be overcome if you know the law. The first thing to note is that you do not need permission to take pictures from a public place, even if you capture recognisable buildings, or people for that… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Stop Thief!

Photographers are often finding their images nabbed and used on websites and other media without consent.  Act now and you could end up with an additional pay cheque for thousands and send a clear message to others that crime doesn’t pay! We live in a 24 hour news world, and newspapers, news channels and agencies… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Paparazzi Photography and the law

Reports suggest that one in five Britons have seen the topless pictures of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, which were published by French magazine Closer.  So, are pictures of Kate’s boobs really in the public interest and are there any privacy laws to protect her? Sienna Miller, Lily Allen and a host of other… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Joint Authorship – Have you got it covered?

Portrait photography is often the bread and butter work any professional photographer, but are you unwittingly allowing your assistants to claim partial copyright ownership as joint authors and potentially gain a financial interest in some of your images?  A recent case involving The Apprentice star, business woman and Vice Chairman of West Ham FC, Karren… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Photographing Children in Today’s Society

Some of the best photographs of all time contain children. Whether it’s the great street work of Cartier Bresson, Nick Ut’s haunting photograph of Kim Phuc which made her into an icon for peace in Vietnam, or the popular Athena poster of a half-naked bloke cradling a baby which all the girls at my school… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Licence to shoot

You wouldn’t guess it by the astronomical frequency of image theft, but copyright law offers photographers substantial protection. Last year one of my clients got a shot of two daredevil kite surfers jumping over Worthing Pier. This was syndicated all over the world by a major broadcaster, without my client’s permission. A very short exchange… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Copyright Theft – Is It Really Theft?

Our laws have been shaped by public opinion over many centuries. You can trace copyright law back to the Statute of Anne 1710, and it has been evolving ever since. Copyright laws, love them or hate them, are there for the good of society. Copyright law protects and encourage creative thinking. For example, if an… Read the rest of this post (4 Comments)

Are Professional News Photographers an Endangered Species?

The digital era and advances in modern technology has changed the landscape within which professional photographers work.  The way the industry is going, I believe that it is going to be increasingly difficult for many professional photographers to continue making a living from their art. Technological Advances In the days of film photography, news photographers… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)