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

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


Ed Greenberg has been a litigator practicing in New York City for well over 36 years. He has represented some of the top photographers and illustrators in the business as well as the average Joes and Janes striving to make a name for themselves. His clients have included – Richard Avedon, Mel Sokolsky, Nick Brandt, MacDuff Everton, Sa...

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Mia McCormick works as a resident video technology expert for KelbyOne and B&H Photo. She's a KelbyOne Instructor with courses ranging from basic camera operation to capturing outstanding video on your DSLR. Mia also conducts a series of business and inspirational interviews providing insights from some of the world's leading photog...

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    It’s $50 dollars now to register our photos. Though now i’m wondering how can we find out if our photos are being used without our consent?

  2. Profile photo of Nacer Nacer

    Possibly the most important note I’ve made in my notebook is “”… invaluable information in this video. Thank you!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of Jared Pierson Jared Pierson

    Very good stuff!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Cris Da Rocha Cris Da Rocha

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of jayvo86 jayvo86

    Simply an excellent course! I like it even better than the first round with Ed. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of amcnicol amcnicol

    What are the copyright law for people that live Australia? —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Doug Sturgess Doug Sturgess

    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 —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of RobbanMurray RobbanMurray

    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? —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of robinsaini robinsaini

    Wahoo….I was looking for such a lesson for a long time. Thanks for sharing, it’s been a great help! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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