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Hiring a Photo Editor

Hiring a Photo Editor

Hiring a photo editor can help increase your profit margin, maximize your time, and help grow your photography business.  As always here at TheLawTog, we want to help ensure that you are legally protected, so check out these tips below. First, determine their status – independent contractor versus employee. Second, provide yourself a budget line item for the photo editor. Third, use an Independent Contractor or Employee Contract bundle including: Main Services Agreement – sets expectations, outlines...

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3 reasons to sell your copyright

3 reasons to sell your copyright

  I read it on the internet, so it’s got to be true, right?  WRONG.  Photographers have been told over and over to never sell copyright to their photos.  But why?  Because so and so said so.  No one ever seems to actually have a good reason for refusing to sell copyright.    But, I’m about to give you three reasons why you should, or at least give you an understanding as to why a client may...

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3 keys to owning your photography brand

3 keys to owning your photography brand

Getting into business to make money off a craft you love is exhilarating, fun..but also overwhelming.  There is no getting around the legal tools needed to help protect you, your photography and your clients.   While setting up a legal photography business has many moving parts – primarily in three major phases. The Legal Triad – liability protection to protect yourself personally A Legal Photo Client Timeline – the chronological and...

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Does the Bernie Sanders meme violate copyright law? | Copyright law for photographers

Does the Bernie Sanders meme violate copyright law? | Copyright law for photographers

We’ve all seen the photo. Some of us even made some of these memes for personal and business use. The big question in the photography community today – does creating a meme with the Bernie Sanders sitting cut out violate copyright law? An Internet Meme is in legal terms, a derivative work, and usually copyright owner is the only party with the legal right to create a derivative work. However, the rights...

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How to: Sessions Inspired from Movies, Comicbooks, Superheroes and more!

How to: Sessions Inspired from Movies, Comicbooks, Superheroes and more!

“We would love a Minnie Mouse session!” “Ohhh, can you do a Superman set?” “My daughter LOVES Barbie! Can you make her Barbie?” Creative requests from your clients are going to happen..but it is up to YOU to ensure that YOU are doing the legal thing. Understand, we are providing this information for you, because we want you to stay out of legal hot water. Wouldn’t you rather be focused on...

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Copyright FAQS every photographer must know

Copyright FAQS every photographer must know

Copyright is a largely misunderstood and  important area of the law for photographers. Not only do we have protections in our logos and our own marketing assets, but we’re also selling (licensing or copyright transferring) photographs as our product. It is time we STAND up for ourselves. IF WE DON’T, WHO WILL?   Do I own my photographs? In the United States, (generally) when you create the photograph you are the...

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Reframe Success + Rachel Brenke – The Importance of Protecting Your Business

Reframe Success + Rachel Brenke – The Importance of Protecting Your Business

Christine Tremoulet invited Rachel on her new podcast to talk about contracts and copyrights. Get a pen and paper ready! This episode was chock-full of information you will want to have.   Key things to listen for: Why we need contracts How to use contracts to increase buyer confidence The importance of understanding the contracts you are giving your clients Different ways you can communicate the terms of your contract...

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The Mean Green Viral Legal Machine

The Mean Green Viral Legal Machine

So, we’ve seen it go viral in the photography industry. The cute Christmas photographs with the mean green guy. Super cute photos? Sure. Super cute cease and desist received? Not so much. There is major upheaval in the photography community the last few weeks about legal issues surrounding these photographs, the legal rights and what to do now. This article is from THE legal resource for photographers (HINT: No one...

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