Peak Design’s Latest Video Distracts You from the Ironic Truth

Peak Design is playing into a scene of photographers who aren’t doing their research.

Some of the big news in the photo industry is how Peak Design is trying to rally the world. Specifically, they’re doing this about Amazon. They made a video about how Amazon is ripping off their Every Day Sling camera bag. Is it messed up? Totally. But there’s a lot that’s not being said here. And I’d like to give everyone a different point of view.

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Making Copyright Infringement Claims Is Now Harder for Photographers

Be proactive and copyright all of your work, especially pieces you plan on sharing with the masses.

Being able to share our work with millions upon millions of people is great. You can snap a picture, it can go viral, and someone may even want to buy your work. Unfortunately, there are those who like to skip that last part and just take what’s not theirs. In the past, if you had noticed that your work had been taken illegally you could register a copyright for your work, and then you could start proceedings against the party who infringed on your property. But a new U.S Supreme court ruling has changed all of that. Continue reading…

SyFy Uses Copyrighted Images in Their “Heroes of Cosplay” Show, Neglects to Get Permission From Photographers

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus EM5 Link Cosplay shoot (10 of 23)ISO 200

Uh-oh. Someone over at NBC is in a lot of trouble now. According to this report by BGZ Studios, SyFy was using copyrighted images in their “Heroes of Cosplay” show–albeit without the photographers’ consent. And apparently, it weren’t just a few pictures, but the copyright infringement was massive. One of the photographers whose images were used without permission (let alone proper compensation) is Brian Humphrey, who happens to be an affiliate of BGZ Studios. So BGZ’s Darrell Ardita took the matter up, and sent SyFy an invoice for the eight images used in the show to which Brian holds the copyright, asking a total compensation sum of almost $ 30k, together with a detailed letter explaining the legal grounds.

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Stolen Picture Wins Photography Contest, Then Gets Disqualified

Hengki Koentjoro Stolen Picture Screenshot

The stealing of pictures is, sadly, commonplace on the internet today. But you’d have to be especially ruthless to submit a stolen picture to a photography contest. In the case of a monochrome image by photographer Hengki Koentjoro, however, this was exactly the case. His picture of a scooterist driving through a forest had been submitted to Samsung’s “Live in the moment” contest on facebook, albeit in slightly altered form (see screenshot above.) When fans of Hengki’s work pointed out the fraud, he contacted Samsung about the matter, and the contest entry was disqualified. The stolen picture still remains on the fraudster’s Instagram account, however.

In this case, not much harm was done. In fact, the whole thing probably gave Hengki’s name and work much more public exposure than he would’ve received under normal circumstances. But still, this is probably not the way you’d want to become famous. And in other cases, much greater financial harm might be caused to the copyright holder of an image–which is especially true in cases where pictures of amateur photographers are stolen and used for commercial purposes. Which happens much more often than one would like to believe. In the end, what this goes to show is that no matter how careful you are, you’re never safe from your copyright being infringed upon.

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Good Thing it Was Nikon Suing Sigma and Not Apple

Nikon vs Sigma

Back in 2011 Nikon sued Sigma for potential patent infringement on their VR stabilization technology. It’s not like anyone (besides Sigma) lost a lot of sleep over it but the case was dismissed recently by a Tokyo District Court judge. The judge stated that there was no patent infringement happening on the six sigma lenses included with the lawsuit. Nikon was seeking 12 billion yen (130 million US dollars) for the infringement.

This may be done for now or Nikon may take it to a higher court but for now it appears that the case is over but the dust is not quite settled. Losing a lawsuit like this would deeply impact Sigmas public image especially while they are rebuilding themselves as a company and releasing fantastic glass! Read more about the lens drama over at SLR Lounge.