By: Lauren Walters
Have you ever had someone steal your work or discredit you? Don't fret! PPA is here to help! If you hire a lawyer, you'll be spending A LOT OF MONEY in legal fees, but if you are with PPA, most likely we'll be able to protect your work for FREE or, if damages have already been done, for a fraction of that insane legal cost.
PPA photographer, Ross Oscar Knight, specializes in weddings, fine art and corporate events. Ross had a project that received a lot of exposure when it went viral in 2007, thanks in part to the feature on the Oprah Winfrey show. Soon after, people started pulling and using images from his website without his permission. Some were even discrediting his work and cropping out his logo, committing the ultimate copyright infringement. Ross remembered that PPA helps photographers resolve copyright disputes and went for that help. Check out his story and hear more about how PPA helped him resolve this copyright infringement rip-off.
If you are at risk for copyright infringement or simply want to take the right proactive steps, just go to the PPA's Copyright Resources , get your Free Copyright Kit or check out the Be More Business Savvy and Be More Protected.
By: Lauren Walters
PPA CEO David Trust was in DC the past two days advocating for photographers like you! He and PPA's copyright team in D.C., the Nickles Group, had a series of meetings with Representatives of Arizona, California, Georgia, Missouri, Utah and Wyoming and Senators from Los Angeles and Oklahoma who all have a say on the FAA's proposed rules for regulating the use of drones in the United States. The proposed rules are awaiting approval and are now in a 60-day comment period, during which PPA is working diligently to pull together comments for submission.
The revised proposal indicates good progress for Photographers. The FAA proposes and approves the rules on drones; those rules are not legislation and do not require congressional approval. Currently, the said rules categorize drones into three physical size groups. PPA is mainly concerned with regulation pertaining to small and micro drones. A small drone is classified as 55lbs or lighter, and a micro drone is 4.4lbs or lighter.
The FAA's proposed rules would require professional photographers wanting to use small drones (less than 55 lbs) to take an aeronautical skills test and obtain a permit and renew that license every two years. There would also be a one-time registration fee of $150. With 560 testing sites, finding a testing center should be easy. PPA believes the proposed rules for small drones to be a major step in the right direction as they eliminate the current requirement that commercial drone users hold an actual pilot's license.
The proposed rules for micro-drones (4.4 lbs or less) are even more favorable as they require no skills test. Photographers wanting to use micro-drones in their business would have to register and self-certify that they understand the FAA's aeronautical information manual.
We are still months away before the rules are finalized, yet solid progresses are being made in the direction of photographers. Want to weigh in? Please visit the discussion on theLoop about drones, it's a dynamic one!
Drones are the hot topic at the moment, but Trust also had discussions on copyright reform and the Next Great Copyright Act, which are still under development.
Have you been burned by a bad review of your services online? Surely it stings when it happens, and you want to do what you can to remedy them. But there is a two-step scam going around right now, first threatening photographers with cyber bullying through bad mouthing online reviews, and then (step 2) offering to help you with your online reputation and solve the newly posted bad reviews... when the scammers are actually the ones posting them!
The situation is spreading rapidly so be on the lookout. In a nutshell, don't panic--delete, flag and report the scammers. Baltimore photographer Kat Forder posted a perfect explanation on her blog (which was also picked up by Peta Pixel), along with some great suggestions on what you can do to protect yourself. Her suggestions on how to protect yourself are below, but the full read is highly recommended!
WHAT YOU CAN DO IN THE USA
- Don't respond to the emails!
- Set up a Google Alert for your business name
- Watch your business on a few different review sites and attempt to respond to the false reviews with a link to this post to educate potential readers, or by submitting "proof" to the review website
- Contact the Federal Trade Commission: via its toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357) or the
- Contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation's
- Non-emergency number for your local police department to make them aware of the fraud (larger cities will have a cyber-crimes task force or department)
Again, Kat's full blog is worth a read to get a firm handle on the situation. Spread the word to your fellow photographers and make sure you don't fall victim to a scam like this! PPA's pushing the information out everywhere possible, including through paid alerts... but help us spread the word by sharing this #ScamAlert against #CyberBullying and #BadReviews. Thank you!
By Mariah Ashley
There are only 23 days until Spring but still two feet of Permafrost in the garden. Is it wishful thinking to dream about blossoms? Not if those blossoms are dolla dolla bills y'all.
We've been hard at work in our garden all winter long planting seed of sales and we are starting to see the first signs of green life poking through the ice. It doesn't hurt to have a classic 80s ballad to hum while we are gardening, thank you Tears For Fears, "Sowing the seeds of sales, the seeds of sales, sowing the seeds!"
We want a nice healthy variety in our flowerbed so we've picked seven kinds of seeds to plant. Feel free to rush right out and get yourself these seed packets!
By John Owens
Amidst all the classes, tradeshow deals, football, parties and networking at Imaging USA was a healthy dose of charitable giving. PPA Charities, the philanthropic arm of PPA, flexed their veritable muscle as donations rolled in through a series of events and a certain special drawing.
Events included the PPA Charities "Boots and Bling" Celebration, which featured a silent and live auction. On day one, more than 100 attendees braved the Nashville cold for the first ever PPA Charities 5K Fun Run. And things culminated on the last day with PPA Charities' Dream Studio Giveaway, where one lucky winner walked away with a life-changing prize.
Imaging USA attendees were clearly feeling generous. "Boots and Bling" raised over $25,000, with the aid of a massive photo book donated by 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Peter Lik, M.Photog. Valued at $4,500, the limited edition piece auctioned for $7,000 alone. The Sunday morning 5K raised an additional $7,000+ and Tuesday's Dream Studio Giveaway brought in massive ticket sales right up until the drawing, totaling a whopping $50,000.