As a final year law student I had to do a dissertation. Since I wanted to find out more around photography copyright law I focused on that. I started in December 2008 and finished it in March 2009 and as the law is ever changing there might be sections which are already out dated. Please note this is not to be considered legal advice, it is a purely academic piece of work. Also the work is subject to copyright but feel free to link back to it here.
The focus of the work is on UK law but it does also examine some US law as well. Reader beware like i said its an academic piece weighing in at just under 15000 words so it’s not exactly a light read but if your upto the challenge then let me know your thoughts! Click the link to download the dissertation
So it seems Coldplay are getting press for there latest contract for photographers. The BJP have an article on rights grab contract here. The argument from Coldplay’s management goes something along the lines that well we need it so that the photographs only go to the publications we’ve agreed too. They’ll argue that they need to protect Coldplays image and ensure the photographs aren’t being misused for items such as fake merch.
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I’m in the process of writing my dissertation on copyright for photographers and the future of it. One of the problems for photographers looking to make a living out of photography is knowing the rights they have in their photographs and knowing how to enforce it. Todd Owyoung’s blog is on my top set of photography sites to visit not only to look at his incredible live photography but for his incredibly useful insights and it just so happens he has done a post on copyright. For photographers wanting to know there rights (in particular in the United States) I’d suggest giving it a read and joining in on the discussion. Once my dissertation is finished I plan to put a fairly in depth post on photographers copyright, so expect that at some point over the summer.