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Photographer's Legal Guide Perfect Paperback – December 18, 2006
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For many photographers, including professional photographers, the fun part is taking the pictures. The business part is less fun, at least partially due to the fact that many of us lack adequate knowledge of the laws. Some photographers opt to fly by the seat of their pants and just do the best they can. If they have a standard model release, they may think they re in good shape. That illusion shatters when all of a sudden there is a run-in with the legal system -- whether someone decides to sue you, or you discover that someone is using your images without your permission. Carolyn Wright's new book, The Photographer's Legal Guide, is designed to acquaint you with all the basic formalities of running a photography business. She begins by reviewing some of the basics of starting a business and makes comments about how different possibilities relate to photographers. Although every nuance is not covered - the book would be far too thick and intimidating - she clues you in to issues you must deal with and points you in the right direction. The book proceeds to cover all those pesky business issues that you know you should deal with, but really don t quite understand how to do and why you should bother. For example, Wright goes into a lot of detail about copyright issues - both registering your images including the hows and whys - to what to do if you find your copyright has been infringed. This is a book that every photographer who is even considering selling their images, should have! --Ellen Anon, co-author of Aperture Exposed, The Mac Photographers Guide to Taming the Workflow, and Photosh
In summary, The Photographer s Legal Guide is loaded with up-to-date, relevant legal issues for the working photographer. Carolyn has done an excellent job in presenting the material so it is easily understandable, and has anticipated concerns we may not have even thought of. I feel that anyone in the photography business would benefit from this non-intimidating book. I, for one, would not be without it in my personal library. --Heather Forcier, Naturescapes.net
Carolyn Wright's book is an essential tool for any professional (or aspiring professional) who needs to navigate the tricky legal issues in the business of photography. In clear, concise prose, she explains and simplifies the issues of rights and releases, and deciphers the 'legal-ese' of contracts and other important legal issues into plain and simple language. Her background in law and her exceptional photographic work make her a unique resource in this business: a great legal mind with a wonderful photographer's eye. --Bob Krist, columnist, Outdoor Photographer
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I expected a work telling me when, how, and in what circumstances I could photograph subjects and distribute my works.
Instead, this book could basically be retitled "Some General Information about Starting A Small Buisness That is Much Too General To be Useful and a Few Pages about Photographers' Rights."
Much of this book is about such general things as: what is a sole proprietership; how to get a tax ID; what is a contract; and very general stuff that is common to any small business owner. While there is nothing wrong with this, the subject of starting a small business is covered in more detail and better in many other works. You do not need this book to learn how to start a business, nor should you buy it for that. The book is mostly full of general information on starting a small business, and a general introduction to copyright law, and a prudent admonition to get a waiver from models.
For me, this book was a waste of money. It was not detailed enough to provide good advice as to how to run a business, nor did it explore in detail what I bought it for, namely what are the rules of the road for a photographer taking and distributing images. The author has an excellent blog on current events in photographers' rights, but the book disappoints.
I would not recommend this book.
FULL DISCLOSURE: In addition to being an amateur photographer, I am an attorney who practices in the field of intellectual property law. So much of what I found banal about this book may not be so to the general reader. On the other hand, I recognize that the advice in this book is general and is not a substitute for a lawyer. Photographers with real legal problems will have to go elsewhere, and people starting a business are not likely to find the information they need here.
There are quite a few misconceptions regarding photography and the law with both photographers and non-photographers alike. This book is a great starting point for eliminating these misconceptions.
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I am not a professional photographer but I do sell my photos made into cards. I was recently approached by someone wanting to purchase two photos to use in a college textbook. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kay Hammock
Poorly-written, poorly-organized. Poorly laid-out and poorly-printed. Banal and superficial. Very little useful info. And very outdated (2006). Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Kerri K.
This book hits the highpoints to get you going. It covers a broad array of subjects to give you the basics. Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by ChrisMHorner
This book covers all of the basic legal considerations that you as a photographer will ever have. While no single book can list in detail every possible variable (a technically... Read morePublished on November 19, 2009 by A. Heefner
I'm a beginning photographer and I'm interested in displaying and selling (directly) my work. This book gave me all the information I needed in plain English and without too much... Read morePublished on August 15, 2008 by E. F. Paredes
This is a wonderful, easy to read book that provides a comprehensive review of all the major legal issues that a photographer running a small business needs to know. Read morePublished on June 29, 2008 by Model Agent