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New Online Process for Registering Designated DMCA Agents with the U.S. Copyright Office

February 10, 2017 Starting on December 1, 2016, the United States Copyright Office (USCO) changed the process for registering Designated Agents under the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The good news is that the USCO has made it easier and...
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Model Release FAQs

Attached is a copy of my latest article for the Summer issue of Gallerie published by the PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) addressing the always controversial issue of model releases.  PPOC Gallerie – Model Release FAQs by Dan Pollack
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Presentation for 2015 CAPIC Legal Landscape for Creatives Seminar

Attached is a copy of the presentation that I gave back in June for CAPIC’s annual Legal Landscape for Creatives seminar in Toronto.  My talk provided an overview of U.S. copyright law with a focus on important recent cases for photographers.  DPL Presentation on US...
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Article for PPOC Gallerie Magazine: Contracts for Photographers

Here’s an article that I wrote which is in the October 2014 issue of Gallerie, the magazine published by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).  Includes some helpful tips for photographers entering into agreements with their clients.  Thank you PPOC! ...
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Tips for Photographers on Enforcing Their Rights

Here is an article that I wrote with tips for photographers – in particular, Canadian photographers – on enforcing their rights in their images, which was published in the June edition of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) publication Gallerie. Thank you...
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Presentation at CAPIC Legal Seminar on U.S. Copyright Law for Photographers

Attached is a copy of a presentation that I recently gave at an event sponsored by CAPIC (the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators).  The theme of the event was “The 2014 Legal Landscape for Creatives” and the focus of my talk was on important...
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Comparison of U.S. and Canadian Copyright Law

Carolyn Wright, an intellectual property lawyer based in the U.S. who specializes in representing photographers, put together this handy chart comparing U.S. and Canadian copyright law, with input from yours truly on Canadian law.  Here is a link to Carolyn’s blog post on...
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Presentation for Wedding Photographers and Videographers at Frame to Finish Expo

Attached is a copy of the presentation that I gave at the Frame to Finish Expo in Toronto on November 4, 2013.  My presentation addressed contract and copyright issues for wedding photographers and videographers.  Special thanks to everyone at Canon Canada and especially Graham...
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The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Upholds Automated Database Copyright Registrations Commonly Used by Stock Image Agencies

In an important turnaround from a string of lower court cases finding that the collective copyright registration method used by many stock image agencies failed to register the individual works included in the registration, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held...
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