3 MAJOR REASONS PHOTO TECH NEEDS TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT RIGHTS

by Robert Henson, Reprinted by permission from Talls Fir Media The recent explosion of startups devoted to monetizing photography have revealed certain diversity of approach within the photo tech ecosystem, where business models are targeted largely on accelerated aggregation of imagery and either monetization of the audience (data, app charge, etc.) or of the images […]

Image Embedding

PACA’s mission has always been to support a healthy and sustainable market for licensing the use of photographic images, as well as to encourage and support innovative ways for photography to be legally used in the rapidly changing marketplace.  Clearly, models for licensing of photography have had a difficult time keeping pace with changes brought […]

United States Court Of Appeals Decision For Copyright Registration

After many years, the Ninth Circuit finally entered a decision in the Alaska Stock, LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company case.  Reversing the district court’s dismissal of Alaska Stock’s copyright infringement claim, the court definitively held that Alaska Stock had “successfully registered the copyright both to its collections and to the individual images contained therein” […]

NFL BEATS INFRINGEMENT CLAIM FOR USE OF RAVENS LOGO IN HISTORICAL FILM AND EXHIBIT

by Nancy Wolff, PACA Counsel Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens Ltd. P’ship, No. 12-2543, and Bouchat v. NFL Enterprises, No. 12-2548, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  In the latest saga involving the use of the retro Baltimore Raven “Flying B” logo, the Fourth Circuit recently agreed that the incidental use of the team’s logo in NFL […]

Request for prior art to help defeat Uniloc Patent Claim

By Nancy Wolff Esq., PACA Counsel On December 10, 2013, the patent troll Uniloc filed ten new patent infringement actions against image licensing companies based on United States patent 7, 099, 849 entitled INTEGRATED MEDIA MANAGEMENT AND RIGHTS DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS. The invention is described in a broad and ambiguous manner, which has enabled Uniloc to […]

Sculptor granted royalties in Gaylord v. United States

by Nancy Wolff, PACA Counsel In the most recent ruling in Gaylord v. United States, the United States Court of Federal Claims determined the proper amount of damages due Frank Gaylord, (“Gaylord”) the sculptor who created “The Column” portion of the Korean War Memorial, from the United States Postal Service (USPS) for its unauthorized depiction […]