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:
1. Find out if you’re a likely target for image theft
At PhotoClaim we have discovered that your photos are very likely to be stolen if:
Continue Reading →
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! Continue Reading →
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.
The Mittelstandsgemeinschaft Foto-Marketing (MFM) annually publishes image fees as an overview on regular market payment for picture utilization rights. These are tariff agreements between the MFM-affiliated picture agencies and photographers – their organizations respectively – and are commonly viewed as “the German standard” for calculating damages in cases of image right infringements. Continue Reading →
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 laws in the USA.
We should mention here about two very important issues when it comes to the photography protected by copyright in the European Union countries. The first is the moment when the photo starts to be protected by law, and the second is the kinds of photos that are protected: namely, when can we call the photo “original”? Continue Reading →
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.
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.
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.”
190,000 times thank you for supporting the petition to save the Freedom of Panorama! This is already much more than I expected when I noticed the proposal and started the petition. With the amazing help from the change.org team, I’ll be able to go to Strasbourg on Wednesday, to symbolically hand over the signatures from all of you.
From what I’ve heard, things are looking very good at the moment. It’s very likely that the current draft won’t make it to the final report of the Parliament, before the European Commission will present their legislation proposal by the end of the year.