About Kinga Kijak-Markiewicz

Case Manager in PhotoClaim. Law and Film Studies graduate. Copyright Law postgraduate. Happy that she can combine her legal experience with a love for (audio)visual arts. Repeats after Henry Cartier-Bresson: "to photograph is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart".

How to prove your copyright

2018-12-10T11:57:15+00:00April 10th, 2018|

In our daily fight against image theft, often you can settle a case easily since the opposing organizations understand they did something wrong and would like to resolve the issue peacefully. Sometimes, however, they’re purely evil and all that matters to them is the bottom line. In this case, you’ll have to go to court – [...]

5 methods to secure evidence when your photograph has been stolen

2018-12-10T11:57:15+00:00January 4th, 2018|

Have you ever found out your photo was published on a website, a blog or a social media fanpage without permission? If something is available online, it does not necessarily mean that it’s “for free”, however this is the explanation you most often hear from copyright infringers. In the digital era, this happens [...]

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

2018-12-10T11:57:16+00:00October 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

2018-12-10T11:57:16+00:00October 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?

2018-12-10T11:57:16+00:00September 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 [...]