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Photographer's Survival Manual: A Legal Guide for Artists in the Digital Age (Lark Photography Book) 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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?
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".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book! Definitely has a lot of information that any photographer needs to about copy right issues.Published 1 month ago by daniel
This guide makes it very easy to copyright your photographs!!!! A must have guide!!Published 1 month ago by john talbert
A bit pricey but those damn lawyers demand all your money. And your first born male child as well. But good info regarding protecting yourself and your rights from unscrupulous bad... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeffrey Payne
I purchased the book because I attended a free webinar offered by the authors. My objective was to copyright 90+ pictures. The book took me through the process step by step. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ed Evans
Very useful for people who sell their work. All about copyright law. Great book!Published 20 months ago by Casan
Very clear legal manual. It explains your rights and the rights of others very clearly.Published 23 months ago by Richard L. Thorkildson
Worth every penny, and then some!
I learned so much about my copyrights as a photographer by reading this book, that I have a whole new outlook on things. Read more
I do not know much about laws, but I do know this, as a photog you need to know the intellectual property rights.Published on March 7, 2014 by Ben Sahagun