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"Misappropriation" Art, Or Transformative Fair Use? It's Complicated

Oct 26, 2013 Advocacy
In the ongoing copyright infringement case by photographer Patrick Cariou against “appropriation artist” Richard Prince, both sides have filed briefs respectively supporting and opposing the August 21, 2013 petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Cariou, appealing the April 2013, ruling in the case by a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. That decision reversed and vacated a 2011 lower district court ruling involving the application of the fair use doctrine to artistic works. Cariou originally published his photographs in 2000 in a book entitled Yes, Rasta, while Prince’s work was exhibited in 2008 as Canal Zone collages.

NPPA At PhotoPlus: Photography & The Law – Access, Copyright & Social Media Issues

Oct 7, 2013 Advocacy
Ever since 9/11 there’s been a heightened awareness of taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue is exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings to the Internet, where they may be viewed, shared and, in many cases, go viral with thousands of views.

Copyright Report Recommends $30K Small Claim Damage Cap

Oct 4, 2013 Advocacy
On the eve of closing its offices due to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Copyright Office released its long awaited Report on Copyright Small Claims. The report adopts many of the positions advocated by the NPPA, including a tribunal, called the Copyright Claims Board, which would hear all types of copyright infringement cases and permit all defenses, including “fair use”. The report recommended a ceiling for claims at $30,000, which is the current upper limit of statutory damages for non-willful infringement.

SDX Foundation Funds National Police, Journalist Training

Oct 1, 2013 Advocacy
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation (SDX) is providing a $12,500 grant that will enable the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to collaborate with the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) on a national training program for police and journalists.

NPPA Hosts Free Speech Week Panel Discussion

Sep 25, 2013 Advocacy
The National Press Photographers Association sponsored by the The Photo Committee of the National Press Club in support of Free Speech Week proudly presents The Right to Photograph & Record in Public.

Cambodian Press Groups Condemns Attacks On Journalists

Sep 23, 2013 Advocacy
The Overseas Press Club of Cambodia (OPCC) strongly condemns the attacks on Cambodian and foreign journalists covering the aftermath of Cambodia’s disputed election.

NPPA Participating In New Survey Of Media Credentialing Practices

Sep 13, 2013 Advocacy
The National Press Photographers Association is a participating partner in a new survey of media credentialing practices.

California Anti-Paparazzi Law Threatens First Amendment Rights

Aug 19, 2013 Advocacy
Earlier this summer the California legislature proposed a new “anti-paparazzi” bill, which NPPA opposes. More recently, Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testified before the California State Assembly, voicing their support for the bill that carries with it serious First Amendment implications. The measure would make it illegal to photograph a child because of their parent’s job (i.e, acting) without the parent’s permission, and expands the scope of existing California harassment law while increasing the penalty for a violation.

Learn Legal Insights Into Photographers' Rights

Jul 23, 2013 Advocacy
Photographers need to know their rights when they are confronted by police or private security while photographing news, or a documentary, or while on a commercial assignment. So to help educate our profession, NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher and ASMP NorCal chapter chair Nicolo Sertorio will host a discussion on legal insights into photographers' rights on August 8, 2013, in San Francisco.

NPPA Objects To Detroit Photographer's Arrest

Jul 17, 2013 Advocacy
NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher has sent a letter to Detroit police chief James Craig expressing the organization's objections and concerns after the arrest of Detroit Free Press photojournalist Mandi Wright.

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