The Business Side of Ed Greenberg: Copyright Protection for Photographers, with Ed Greenberg and Mia McCormick

Join Mia McCormick as she sits down with Ed Greenberg, an intellectual property attorney, lecturer & writer based in New York, to discuss the ins and outs of registering your copyright, securing the proper model and property releases, using contracts that protect your rights, and how to deal with situations where you find your copyright has been infringed.

Join Mia McCormick as she sits down with Ed Greenberg, an intellectual property attorney, lecturer & writer based in New York, to discuss the ins and outs of registering your copyright, securing the proper model and property releases, using contracts that protect your rights, and how to deal with situations where you find your copyright has been infringed. Ed draws upon 34 years as an attorney to give you the straight scoop on how to safeguard your photography business’s most important asset: your intellectual property.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Registering Your Copyright (Duration 36:50)

The most important business step you can take after creating photos is to register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Lesson 2: Getting a Release (Duration 21:16)

Getting signed releases from the people appearing in your photos is critically important to increasing the ways in which you can license those photos, and for giving you peace of mind.

Lesson 3: Dealing with Infringement (Duration 19:27)

You've taken the steps to register your work and have gotten the necessary releases from models and property owners. Now learn what to do when you discover that your copyright has been infringed.

Meet Your Instructor: Ed Greenberg

Ed Greenberg has been a litigator practicing in New York City for well over thirty years, has represented some of the top photographers and illustrators in the business as well…

Meet Your Instructor: Mia McCormick

Mia McCormick works as a resident technology expert for Kelby Training and B&H Photo - one of the largest electronic retailers in the world. She also conducts a series of…

8 Comments

  1. Very interesting class! Ed is a very good and entertaining speaker! The only thing I miss walking away from this class is more info on a photographer's rights to use the images in an album or portfolio on his own website etc. Will this count as advertising for the photographer and then require a contract with the person on the picture? In the case of a public event such as a concert or fashion show or what ever, what to do then?

  2. There is a lot of great information in this series and it's greatly appreciated. However, I came away thinking that I wouldn't be able to register a lot of images over a 10 year period that I consider my current portfolio. Since learning about copyright registration, I'm interested. Can I register 200 or so images taken over the last 10 years in one batch? Doug Sturgess dougsturgess@yahoo.com

  3. There's a great deal of information but I (and I'm sure several other people) would like to have additional information on the international side of copyright registration. Not only as non-US citizen nor resident, but also about international infringements, like my photo is misused in Japan (or so). I would appreciate if somebody contact me informing which would be the proper forum to ask those questions. I'll be asking it as question to the lesson, anyway. Thanks in advance.

  4. Possibly the most important note I've made in my notebook is "uscopyright.gov"... invaluable information in this video. Thank you!!

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