A federal court judge has ruled that the Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers have standing to sue Google on behalf of their members to try to stop the Google Books program. The trade associations have filed two separate lawsuits on the grounds that Google is copying millions of books without permission, in violation of copyright law....
August 10, 2017
Blockchain, the technology that makes the crypto-currency BitCoin work, has been slowly entering the imaging market as a way to authentic digital “originals.” Several firms, including Mediachain and Ascribe, have created services that allow photographers to create blockchain records of images they create. If those images are duplicated anywhere on the web, the creator can be notified and prove they... More »
June 13, 2017
Photographers don’t need to be reminded how pervasive image theft is online, but a new study from CopyTrack shines light on the types of images being scooped up by photo thieves. Evaluating a pool of 50,000 image theft claims submitted to the CopyTrack system from April 2016 – April 2017, the company found the above image of a cup of... More »
March 6, 2017
Congress will take another stab at copyright reform this year. The House Judiciary Committee proposed changes in December that include updating the U.S. Copyright Office, making it more independent of the Library of Congress, and establishing a copyright small claims “system.” “These policy proposals are not meant to be the final word on reform…but rather a starting point for further... More »