Photographers Testify Against Texas Proposed Limits On Unmanned Aerial Photos

Guy Reynolds of The Dallas Morning News testifies about a bill that would criminalize photography taken with UAVs, in front of the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence at 3:30 am, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Reynolds waited more than 16 hours for the opportunity to testify. NPPA is opposed to the bill and is working with legislators on it. Photograph by Alicia Wagner Calzada
Guy Reynolds of The Dallas Morning News testifies about a bill that would criminalize photography taken with UAVs, in front of the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence at 3:30 am, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Reynolds waited more than 16 hours for the opportunity to testify. NPPA is opposed to the bill and is working with legislators on it. Photograph by Alicia Wagner Calzada
In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, NPPA members testified in front of a Texas House Committee against a bill that would make photography with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) subject to criminal and civil penalties.

NPPA Works With Homeland Security To Amend Photo Policies

NPPA recently worked with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security (NMDHS) to revise policies regarding photography in its online Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR).

Justice Department Statement Supports Mannie Garcia's Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit

Freelance photojournalist Mannie Garcia, seen on assignment in Egypt.
Freelance photojournalist Mannie Garcia, seen on assignment in Egypt.
The U.S. Department of Justice has just filed a Statement of Interest in the federal civil rights lawsuit brought by photojournalist Mannie Garcia against Montgomery County, MD, police and prosecutors in the aftermath of his June 2011 unlawful arrest, which included the unlawful seizure of his camera and images. 

NPPA Participating In "Sunshine Week," Seeks Photographs

The National Press Photographer’s Association will be participating in "Sunshine Week" from March 10-16, 2013, along with a number of other media organizations.

NPPA Leads Objections To Hawaii's "Steven Tyler Act"

On behalf of a coalition of organizations, NPPA's lawyer today voiced strong opposition to Hawaiian state Sen. Kalani English's proposed bill, the "Steven Tyler Act," which would pave the way for celebrities to lodge civil suits against paparazzi.

NPPA's Lawyer Speaking At RIT Journalism Conference

Mickey H. Osterreicher
Mickey H. Osterreicher
NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher will be speaking tomorrow at the RIT Journalism Conference in Rochester, NY, on the program "What's Next? Journalism's Leading Qustions."

NPPA Submits Comments On Orphan Works, Copyright

In response to a Notice of Inquiry by the U.S. Copyright Office, NPPA has submitted comments on the issue of orphan works and mass digitalization. The comments are for use in advising Congress on how to address current issues involving copyright and orphan works.

Lauren Greenfield Wins Key Ruling In Defamation Lawsuit

Lauren Greenfield
Lauren Greenfield
After spending two years making the documentary Queen of Versailles, and then another year defending a lawsuit brought by the film's main subject, photojournalist and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has scored a big legal victory in Florida federal court.

Ad Agency Sues Herman Cain Over Book Cover Photo

"This Is Herman Cain" book cover
"This Is Herman Cain" book cover
A federal judge in the Northern District of Georgia has denied a motion to dismiss in a copyright infringtement lawsuit by an advertising agency against former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and publisher Simon & Schuster Inc.

Security Guards Attack Carlos Miller (Again)

Security guard: "No pictures of the track ... have you been drinking?"
Security guard: "No pictures of the track ... have you been drinking?"
While shooting video on the Miami-Dade Metrorail on Sunday night, security guards attacked and tried to choke the photographer, potentially escalating a pending state lawsuit into a federal suit, the photographer says.