NPPA Lawyer Gives PhotoWeekDC Legal Workshop On November 2

DURHAM, NC (October 28, 2013) – Photographers are being caught in the middle of a perfect storm of technology, terrorist fears, and a World Wide Web mentality of entitlement to images. At the leading edge of this storm are the rising number of incidents of photographers being interfered with or arrested due to a climate of fear and suspicion of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet. 

At the eye of the storm are copyright, fair use and orphan works issues as they relate to visual images and account for the misappropriation of tens of thousands of images by those users who either don’t know or don’t care about the intellectual property rights of the creators. Swirling through this maelstrom are the ever-changing terms of use regarding the millions of images and recordings produced every day and posted on websites and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest and Instagram. 

To help photographers get a better understanding of what's happening, NPPA general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher will lead a workshop on photographers and the law at PhotoWeekDC in Washington, DC, on November 2nd beginning at 10 a.m.

The first part of the program will address First and Fourth Amendment rights, search and seizure, exigent circumstances as well as an analysis and update on the most recent cases and court rulings dealing with these issues. Most importantly practical advice for those photographers facing these situations will be suggested. 

The second part of the program will be a discussion of the growing body of laws being proposed and enacted to limit photographers’ rights. The workshop will cover the latest caselaw and bills as well as what can be done to address them. The last part of the program will include a look at some of the terms and conditions under which images and videos may be posted along with a discussion of copyright, fair use, cease & desist letters, DMCA and takedown notices and a look at recent legal cases involving the use and misappropriation of images.

For more information on this FotoWeekDC Workshop with Osterreicher, please look online here.