As a form of expression, photography is protected in the U.S. by the First Amendment to the Constitution. But photographers are often forced to defend their right to take pictures (and record video) in public places. That has been especially true since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the passage of the Patriot Act. As we report elsewhere this month, police...
July 13, 2017
Many photographers saw the Federal Aviation Administration’s long-awaited ruling on drones (Part 107, in FAA regulation-speak) as the final “all clear” for the unfettered use of drones for commercial photography and filmmaking. But the FAA pointedly declined to issue any guidance on drone use and privacy, beyond a voluntary set of best practices published in conjunction with the National Telecommunications... 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 »