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Using Images Without Permission is No Monkey Business

Who owns the rights to a selfie taken by a monkey?  While it sounds like a law school exam, it is based on a real story as reported here by the American Bar Association.
According to the article, a monkey picked up the photographer’s unattended camera and began taking pictures.  This is one of the images … Continue Reading

Supreme Court determines Aereo violates copyright – back to the drawing board

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that Aereo violates copyright law by retransmitting over-the-air programming without authorization.  This will shut down the controversial start-up or force them back to the drawing board to come up with a new system.  The sound you heard was a huge sigh of relief of … Continue Reading

Infographic: The Use of Images From The Web on Your Site, Newspaper or Broadcast

We created this infographic for some of our media clients to give them a one-page cheat sheet on the analysis they need to do when trying to decide whether they can use an image from the internet in a pinch.
The infographic includes all the caveats because rarely can a legal issue be discerned down to … Continue Reading

Thankful I didn’t copy images, parody the Beastie Boys, use overbearing TOS or have to stand behind TheDirty

With the short Thanksgiving week, I thought we would touch on a few interesting stories developing over the last couple of weeks.
Photographer gets $1 million+ verdict from AFP and Getty for copied Twitpics
In my three part series on using images from the web for your news stories, we talked about the Morel v. Agence France-Press case. … Continue Reading

Can I use the social media image for my story – part 3

In part one, we discussed how fair use may apply to the media’s use of social media images.  In part two, we looked at how the various sites’ terms of service come into play.  Today, we look at the one prominent case in this area and describe some best practices.
 The Agence France-Presse Twitter Case
There is … Continue Reading

Can I use the social media picture for my story? – Part Two

Last time, we looked at whether the media can use images from social media sites applying fair use to several typical situations.  Today, we look at the specific terms of service of various popular sites to see if some make it easier than others for the media to use images.
Facebook:
Plain English:  Each user allows Facebook, … Continue Reading

Who Owns Your Photos and Texts on Your Old Cell Phones?

An artist purchased old Razr cell phones and then published what he found on those phones in a new book after his original artistic idea fell through.
You can watch Andrew Horansky’s KHOU-TV story to learn more of what happened.
You can also read more on it here from Dwight Silverman’s TechBlog.
From the legal perspective, there are several issues that … Continue Reading

The Law of Using Images from the Web on Your Blog

Here are a few tips and rules about using images on your blog or website. Not only is simply copying something from the web a moral issue, it can get you into legal trouble.
Don’t Copy and Paste
Yes, the image is on Google Images.  Yes, it would be easy to cut and paste and it fits … Continue Reading

Pinterest and Copyrights – what you should know

A couple of confessions today.  I know Pinterest is the newest craze, but I haven’t gotten around to trying it out.  To evidence my entertainment value at social media mixers, however, I have reviewed their terms of service and looked at the copyright implications.
  For those like me who have not jumped on the train, Pinterest … Continue Reading