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Photography and the Watermarking Arms Race

On 09.12.15, in General

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In 2012, Getty Images changed its iconic watermark. Where previously it had simply overlayed its logo onto its public-facing images, it switched to using a large, shaded box that contained both a URL where the image could be found and information about the photographer. (more…)

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The Rise of High Profile Photography Infringement

On 09.02.15, in General

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Last week, rapper and designer Ariza Obey filed a lawsuit against rapper The Game over allegations that the cover of The Game’s latest single, Ryda, used a photograph from his Instagram account.

According to Obey, he posted a photograph entitled Ride or Die, on Instagram in September of 2014. The photograph featured himself and a woman in an embrace pointing guns over each other’s shoulders. Though Obey says the image was taken by a local photographer, the copyright was assigned to him through an agreement with the photographer.

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Copyright Protection for those who didn’t attend Law School

On 08.22.14, in General

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This copyright 101 article was originally a guest post I’d written for my friends at wixel a couple of years ago. They’ve since redesigned their website and I didn’t want it to get completely forgotten as I believe it provides an easy way for designers and photographers to understand Copyright.

As a digital creative, your days are too short to be slowed down by legal fluff and the fine-print. Yet Copyright is probably your main source of income and therefore you should know how it works, make sure yours is safe and understand why should care. (more…)

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Myows Review: Professional Photographer easily removes stolen images

On 08.07.14, in General, Reviews

photo-copyright-protectionI always start pitching investors by telling the story of how the Myows idea came to life: In 2008 I was working as a photographer and wanted to start my own imagebank with 20 000 lifestyle images I’d taken. I was already using Freshbooks for invoicing and BaseCamp for project management, yet I couldn’t find an online solution that would help me protect my copyright in an easy way, so I decided to create one to meet my needs: I called it Myows and with the help of 3 partners we launched to great acclaim in 2009.

Does Myows work to protect copyright?

The answer is yes, and please take a minute to read this testimonial from a Myows user, a Professional Nature Photographer that successfully got infringing images removed from Corbis and other websites by using our solution:

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Testimonial from Marcus Armani of Armani Nature Photography:

I would like to thank the staff at MYows.com, I have had several Images stolen from my personal website and posted on various photography sites , for sale, for wallpaper, for display claiming they were the photographer and copyright holder.

I did not know what to do and at a point it seemed hopeless. I then came across the MYows website, A site in which I have never seen before so I thought I would try it out. what they do is amazing and so very easy, you only need to upload your original image to the site, From then on your work is safe!

I had my first copyright case against Corbis images , they had one of my photos on their site for sale, I went to MYows website where I only had to click on the photo in question open a case and click send a Cease and Desist order which was pre made from the information I entered when uploading the photo, within 48 hours I received an email from Corbis Images a company who previously had ignored my emails phone calls etc.. This email stated that they would remove my photo and in a few hours it was off their site! (more…)

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Know your Copyright from your Trademark, Mashable!

On 04.02.13, in General

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In an article published today, Mashable reports that Facebook is being sued for copyright infringement by a company called Timelines.

From the start the article doesn’t make sense. The journalist writes “Facebook was sued in 2011 for copyright infringement by Timelines, Inc (…) Facebook later counter-sued Timeslines, Inc., arguing Timelines, Inc.’s trademarks weren’t distinct enough to warrant protection and should be canceled.”
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Don’t steal images off Google

On 03.28.13, in General

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It is tempting to save a buck by stealing an image you find off Google – we’ve all done it – but doing so can have serious consequences. (more…)

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Do you know the difference between copyright and trademarks?

On 01.31.13, in General

If not, why not? You could save yourself a shed load of hassle down the line if you do.

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If you’re an artist, web designer, writer, or blogger (or pretty much anyone else working in the creative field), you’re likely to be fully aware of the benefits of copyright. Generally it protects what is termed as an “original work of authorship” – roughly translated as including books, poems, songs, web pages, and other original works. (more…)

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Let’s change the way we think about online copyright forever

On 06.18.12, in Behind the scenes, General

Last Month Chris and I presented Myows in front of an audience of Cape Town tech startups. Of course we can talk about Online Copyright Protection for hours, but that day we only had 90 seconds. We believe our presentation was pretty fun, so today I wanted to share the transcript with you. (more…)

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FunnyJunk’s ridiculous threats to theOatmeal

On 06.11.12, in Exposed, General, In the News

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We love TheOatmeal and last year we covered the FunnyJunk VS Oatmeal copyright infringement case. It just got better with Funnyjunk hiring a lawyer and threatening to sue one of our Internet Heroes for defending his copyright! (more…)

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Share and Show Off the OWs that are copyright protected with Myows

On 06.11.12, in Announcement, General

The awesome team of developers at Myows has been hard at work to create new ways for you to register your copyright though RSS or simply create your own Intellectual Property Licenses with a Contract Generator.

As you know, the files you upload to Myows are securely stored inside your account, and no one but you or your clients can access them. But what if you want to show them off? Today we’re happy to announce a new function that allows you to share with your friends and social networks the works you upload to Myows in a very simple way, and you can even gather feedback that way thanks to Facebook commenting! (more…)

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