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Photographer's Survival Manual: A Legal Guide for Artists in the Digital Age (Lark Photography Book) [Paperback]

Edward C. Greenberg , Jack Reznicki
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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June 1, 2010 1600594204 978-1600594205 1

Now more than ever, anyone who wants to make money with a digital camera needs this authoritative and approachable guide. Written by the president of the Professional Photographers of America, and a leading New York copyright attorney, it provides photographers and visual artists with the most authoritative legal advice available. Everything is covered, from contracts, subcontracts, releases, and permissions to the copyright laws and all the steps artists should take to register and protect their work. Find out how to use copyright to protect your work from infringement, insure you are properly paid for your work, and how to proceed if your rights are infringed upon.


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Jack Reznicki is the current President of the Board of Directors of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Jack has conducted workshops on copyright and legal issues and currently co-authors a Photoshop User magazine column on legal and copyright issues. Ed Greenberg is a member of the New York bar who has tried intellectual property and copyright cases. His clients have included photographers Richard Avedon and Macduff Everton; famed illustrator Anita Kunz; and entertainers Betty Buckley and Robert Vaughn. He was the legal columnist for American Photographer magazine.

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  • Series: Lark Photography Book
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Pixiq; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600594204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600594205
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Know the Law July 8, 2010
It's easy to think that all one has to do to be a successful photographer is put together some techniques like exposure, composition and post processing. Unfortunately, in this day of internet images, even amateurs have to know something about copyright and professional photographers have to know even more about the law if they want to stay out of trouble. "Photographer's Survival Manual: a Legal Guide for Artists in the Digital Age" tries to help the photographer through the maze of law.

The book has just four chapters. The first deals with the general rules of copyright; the second explains the process of registering one's copyright with the federal government; the third deals with model releases; and the fourth covers invoices and contracts.

Throughout the book the authors have a bright, breezy and easily understandable style. The chapter on registering one's works for copyright was the most accessible and least intimidating explanation of the process I have ever read and should dispel any fears of the registration process that a photographer might have felt. The other chapters are equally readable. However I do have a few nits to pick.

(Let me stop here for my disclaimer. Although I have practiced law, I have not done any independent research to verify the accuracy of either author's statements and you may not rely on my opinion to create any liability on my part. I do note that for many years I did act as a corporate officer responsible for intellectual property.)

The authors state that one must register one's work to gain access to a court system, and that state courts will not consider a copyright claim.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely usefull information for photographers October 8, 2010
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I love photography books. They keep me busy at night. I review a lot, mostly from a favorite publisher.

This book ranks up there as being a favorite. It covers a lot of topics but I purchased it for the copyright information and how to file a copyright application. Talk about idiot proof! This book holds your hand and walks you through the process with online screen captures and such. The price alone is worth it for the protection it will provide you as a photographer in copyrighting your images. The other information it provides is a BONUS.

I actually have recommended this book to all my photographer friends. It's truly excellent.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and Well Written IP Advice for Creatives September 22, 2010
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I participate in a few discussion groups that cover the business of photography. There is so much misinformation and tribal knowledge about intellectual property rights, copyrights, releases, and contracts that professional photographers cling to, it's a wonder they survive. This book, limited in scope to those areas, will put all that nonsense to rest (I am always baffled to see a photographer ask another photographer for legal advice). The book is entertaining and fun to read, with New York humor scattered throughout, and the anecdotes and sidebars keep lively an otherwise dry subject. I actually hired a GA attorney to come up with the boiler plate for our proposals, contracts, releases and invoices, but after reading this book I will return to her with new information to fine tune these documents. Like most tribal photographers, I believed that creating a work automagically conferred full copyright protection under the law. In a way, it does, but you have to do something, REGISTER, in order to take advantage of that protection. Using the easy to follow instructions in this book, I will be making a huge deposit in the Copyright Office in the next few days.

I do have a question for the authors regarding registrations. I will register all of the images that I expose to copyright infringement via the Internet. I will also register the websites on which the images appear. My understanding is that you should not register a work that is already registered. How should one go about registering a website that contains previously registered images?
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Everything" is NOT covered November 25, 2011
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First, I generally like this book for what it does cover. I hesitate to give it 3 stars, but I have the following two issues with it:

1) "Everything" is NOT covered in this book, despite the claim. Yes, really important stuff like copyright registration, model releases, and invoices are covered (though I'm still left with questions), but photographers have other legal issues as well. For example: When and where can the police confiscate your memory card or other equipment? What and who are you prohibited from photographing at all? Can you take photographs in a hospital if it has no locked doors preventing the public from visiting patients? -1 1/2 stars that wouldn't be lost if they didn't claim "Everything"

2) Most books including legal forms either have a CD or let you download the forms online. Considering the small size of this section, it seems like it would make sense for them to publish these on a web site and then say "for more info, buy the book!" or something. (No need to even password protect anything, etc.) -1/2 star since the reader is stuck typing by hand or using OCR

So this book is probably almost all that most studio, portrait, etc, photographers who shoot under controlled conditions will need, but someone out in public taking photos of random goings-on (like a photojournalist or wanna-be) really needs quite a bit of additional information on what's legal to even photograph in the first place, regardless of publishing or copyright. While it book is good for what it does cover, it doesn't cover "Everything".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars intellectual property
I do not know much about laws, but I do know this, as a photog you need to know the intellectual property rights.
Published 4 months ago by Ben Sahagun
5.0 out of 5 stars Really usuful!
This is really a good and useful book. Easy to read with lots of useful examples and great tips. It should be read by all amateur and professional photographers because they never... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Freeflyer
5.0 out of 5 stars HooRah!
Wowee wow! This is quite an informative book. I am going through it slowly there is a lot of info to absorb.
Published 9 months ago by R.Favour
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Information
The book has helped me do a better job. Requiring a certain number of words here is not funny - this will be all I do. Spend money and be harassed - not interested.
Published 11 months ago by Jim Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it while you can
This book is out of print, but is a MUST HAVE if you want to protect your photographs from thievery. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention photographers
This excellent book is co-authored by an experienced copyright attorney and a reknowned photographer. Read more
Published 12 months ago by G. Lee Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read Book For Photographers
This is a key resource and a must-read for photographers. It not only takes you through how to register your images for copyright protection, why you need model releases and more. Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Feiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A wonderful book. I would recommend it to every photographer. The authors make the subject matter very interesting and understandable, and treat it with a good amount of humor and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bell268
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any photo business person
Jack and Ed give easy to understand advice from both perspectives of intellectual property rights and the photography business. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Thomas Sparks
5.0 out of 5 stars Read if you care about your photographs
Even if you are only a hobbyist with no intentions of selling you photographs would be wise to read through this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by BookWorm620
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