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Cease and Desist Abmahnung by Filipp Bickel or Robert Fechner

November 16th, 2017|

Have you received a so-called “cease and desist” order (“Abmahnung”) by someone who claims to cooperate with PhotoClaim? If so, we can help you verify whether it is a legitimate claim or a scam. PhotoClaim tracks the portfolios of photographers on the Internet. Unfortunately, it has become common practice for companies to [...]

Differences and similarities in copyright law in the US and the EU countries – part 2

October 10th, 2017|

Go to part 1 There is no international copyright law that protects the artwork worldwide. Fortunately, the Berne Convention, its principles, standards and rules became a framework for copyright law. Countries are obliged to meet the convention’s minimum standards, however they are free to go further in the copyright protection. It is worth to know how [...]

Differences and similarities in copyright law in the US and the EU countries – part 1

October 10th, 2017|

We are living in digital era. When a photo is published, it may be immediately seen all over the world. The easier it gets to steal a photograph, the more we should try to protect it. But how to do it, if there is no unified, international copyright law? The common ground for copyright protection of [...]

Is your photography a work protected by copyright?

September 11th, 2017|

After 180 years of discussion, ever since Louis Daguerre –  the founding father of photography, has taken a shot of ‘Boulevard du Temple, Paris, 8 in the morning’ hardly anybody asked this question again: can a photograph be art? From the early reception as a mechanical recording, the medium of photography has come a long way [...]

7 Steps to protect your photography

September 5th, 2016|

Unless you protect your photos, they will become worthless! Every time a photo is used without the photographer’s permission, a copyright infringement takes place. In many countries, this is even considered a criminal action. As a photographer, this is what you can do against it: © Jakub Jirsák/ Fotolia.com 1. [...]

Save Freedom of Panorama – The European Commission is listening, but you need to speak up!

March 31st, 2016|

Last summer we all came together to save the Freedom of Panorama. With a total of 555,223 people signing the petition, the European Parliament listened to us and recommended that the European Commission not restrict this freedom. However, the fight is not yet over. They have to hear us again. In this way you can save the Freedom of Panorama, and even broaden it to the European countries which don’t have it yet! Now it’s up to the European Commission, and this is our chance to tell them what we think about the Freedom of Panorama. They started a public consultation to hear your opinion on this topic. Don’t miss this chance to speak up. Your voice was heard in summer 2015, and it will be heard again this time! […]

Damages for copyright infringement according to MFM calculation

March 17th, 2016|

Rightfully, damages are due to the photographer for copyright infringements of his images. MFM tables in this case serve as valid and useful orientation for fair, market-based damages. In some cases these even apply beyond the German national border. At this point, we will examine the background, principles and specifics of MFM calculation. [...]

Photography Copyright in Europe

August 7th, 2015|Tags: , , |

Each country of the European Union has its own legislation system, and consequently its own copyright law. However, these systems are highly unified and the basic copyright laws are very similar in each member state. Therefore, in this article we will describe these similarities and name them EU copyright, in contrast, for example, to the copyright [...]

Copyright Infringements on Wallpart.com

July 29th, 2015|

  In the last weeks, many requests have reached us asking if we can help with copyright infringements that had taken place on wallpart.com. The website creates the impression that Wallpart is selling your photos as prints, obviously without permission. They claim to be the largest online shop of posters – and this is how they do it, why we don’t link to them and what action you should (or shouldn’t) take. Why are my photos on Wallpart.com? This one is easy to answer: Because all photos are on Wallpart. They simply use a search algorithm that is displaying the results of a search engine embedded in their own context. They don’t save the photos on their own server, they simply show them in their context if you search for example for your name. […]

Freedom of Panorama is saved!

July 9th, 2015|

Your voices have been heard by the European Parliament and by the European Commission! After handing over the half a million signatures yesterday, the parliament voted today with a big majority against any restriction of the Freedom of Panorama! When I handed over the petition yesterday to MEP Julia Reda, she was “overwhelmed by the responses to the petition” and stated that “the petition has changed the debate in the parliament considerably and a lot of the parliamentary groups that originally voted for a restriction of Freedom of Panorama are clearly changing their mind about this.” […]

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