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PPA Today: Copyright: March 2009 Archives

Copyright: March 2009 Archives

You may recall last month's online uprising when Facebook announced their new Terms of Service policy. In an earlier post, we told you about a letter PPA sent to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's Founder & CEO, in which we applauded Zuckerberg's creation of a "Facebook Bill of Rights & Responsibilities", and offered our expertise and assistance in developing the social media site's newest policy.

Facebook was receptive to PPA's involvement and requested our feedback on the latest version of their proposed "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities." We submitted our comments and suggestions to Facebook last week, and now we're watching and waiting to see what develops.

Based on what we've seen so far, you'll be pleased to know that Facebook has made strides to accommodate photographers, and all copyright owners, who actively maintain Facebook accounts. We'll keep you posted on any new developments as our conversation with Facebook continues.

On March 19, PPA's Chief Executive Officer, David Trust, represented the photography industry on a panel at a Congressional Briefing that included representatives from the music, movie and software industries. The discussion centered on the importance of U.S. Copyright law to the photography industry, the importance of copyright industries to the U.S. economy, and how photographers interact with fellow creators.

The briefing was hosted by the Copyright Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization composed of individual creators and leading copyright industry organizations.  A founding member of the Copyright Alliance, PPA was delighted to participate in this event which was well attended by staff members from each chamber's Judiciary Committee, and other Congressional committees, subcommittee's and caucuses that govern intellectual property related issues.

What happens to image licenses when those images are posted to a third-party site?

Facebook found itself in hot water in early February after stating it would continue to hold a usage license on artistic works posted to its pages after the owner of those works deleted them from the site or closed his account. A public outcry elicited a quick about-face from the company. The following day, Facebook issued a statement clearly articulating that its license to use posted images expires when users delete them from the site or close their account.

Dear PPA Member,

We all know it's difficult to educate clients about the importance of copyright. It used to be that if you retained the film negatives, you didn't have to worry about individuals claiming copyright to your work. But the Internet (and digital media) has changed all that. Copyright issues can even arise between your employees and you.

We often hear these types of questions: Can my employee (or former employee) or independent contractor use my images? They may have shot the image, but who owns it? How does a model release factor into usage rights for employees, former employees, and contractors? If you're not clear on these issues and how to document these rights to your advantage, you may find yourself without any rights to these images at all.

This week's article will help you ensure your rights are clear, which will help you in your business. And don't forget that PPA offers assistance through Copyright Inserts and other resources (available by download) as well as a full-time Copyright staff to help with your copyright infringement issues.

If you have additional questions about copyrights, model releases, or anything relating to employees, let us know. We believe that sharing information with all of our members will help us all succeed. Our goal is to provide you with education, protection, and resources to keep you in business--and we can't do it without your feedback!


Christel Aprigliano
Director of Membership

About this Archive

This page is a archive of entries in the Copyright category from March 2009.

Copyright: February 2009 is the previous archive.

Copyright: April 2009 is the next archive.

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