Good Copyright Review

June 18th, 2010 by Alicia Calzada

If you are interested in copyright law, as all photographers should be, you might enjoy reading this article by Samuel Lewis, in Digital Photo Pro magazine.

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Arrest in leak of the video of the killing of photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen

June 11th, 2010 by Alicia Calzada and tagged , , , , , ,

Several months ago, Wikileaks released a horrifying video of the 2007 killing by the U.S. Military, of Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and his and driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40.

Earlier this month, the federal government  arrested an army intelligence analyst, 22-year-old Bradley Manning, who is suspected of leaking the video. Adding to the drama are reports that Manning also leaked hundreds of thousands of other classified documents, and cables to Wikileaks, and now the Pentagon is searching for the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, fearing that the organization is preparing to release the information. Interestingly, Assange is scheduled to speak on a panel discussion at the Invetigative Reporters and Editors conference this afternoon, the epicenter of journalism that relies on confidential sourcing.

An article in today’s New York Times outlines how the government is taking a hard stand against leaks.

In the midst of a national crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, and corporate misinformation campaigns by BP which are being supported by the federal government’s cooperation in blocking access, all of this is important to photojournalists.

(UPDATE: Assange has canceled his appearance at the IRE conference, according to The Daily Beast)

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When to use graphic photos from BP oil spill

June 9th, 2010 by Alicia Calzada

“Al’s Morning Meeting” has an interesting piece about what editors should think about when using graphic photos depicting birds in distress as a result of the BP oil spill. While there are no privacy concerns regarding the birds Al Tompkins writes that a big issue here is the use of readers submitted photos, and assessing their genuineness.

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The Most Well-Read Newspaper in Hollywood

June 6th, 2010 by Alicia Calzada and tagged , , ,

Thanks to Damon Kiesow, I came across this fascinating blog post about a newspaper edition that has been passed around Hollywood– showing up in countless tv shows and films across the decades. The speculation is that it is copyright cleared-with royalty free images. This makes sense because in a film or television show, you clear the copyright for all of the images in the background and on the set. It can be a challenging process if your don’t have rights to everything.

See for yourself:

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Disturbing article about efforts by police to ban photographing cops without permission

June 3rd, 2010 by Alicia Calzada and tagged , , , , , ,

This article, about legal efforts in several states to allow police to prevent Photographers from documenting police activity is frightening. And the laws are unconstitutional. They are content based, if not on their face, then in their application.

See the article here:

The NPPA has fought this kind of thing in the past and will continue to work to protect our rights.

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