Copyright Registration By Jack Reznicki and Ed Greenberg

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Commercial photographer Jack Reznicki and attorney Ed Greenberg discuss the process and benefits of copyright registration

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Even though copyright is active the moment you create any work, it is virtually worthless until you register it
Jack and Ed share an example of how registering images can be beneficial
Going over exactly what your copyrights are as a photographer
Photographers have the right to control where their images are used
What rights do photographers receive with registration
Further rights include having your lawyer fees covered and getting leverage
Jack snaps a photo and begins preparing his image for registration
Walking through the process step by step
Visiting the copyright government website and exploring the interface
Following the three steps of registering a new claim
Limitation of claim, rights and permissions info, correspondent info, etc.
Certifying that you are the legitimate copyright holder
Finishing up the payment info and electronic deposit screens
Finishing things up and debunking a popular myth about copyright
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Jack Reznicki


Jack Reznicki is a commercial photographer specializing in people and children based in New York City. His creative problem solving has helped promote products and services for many companies such as Tylenol, The Wall Street Journal, Hyatt, Toys "R" Us, Kodak, Reader's Digest, Crest, AT&T, Playtex, and several Time Magazine covers. ...

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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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  1. Profile photo of dalejoyce dalejoyce

    This is now 5 years old. Likely time to update it. As someone else mentioned it is a lot of filler. The two longest items they cover, time wise, is how to enter your name/address and Limitations. And the Limitations section they admit is something you would only use in a very, very, very rare instance. They don’t cover the really practical aspects, such as how to enter a range or series of work.

  2. Profile photo of Gavin Hornak Gavin Hornak

    So… An interesting course. I think a lot of the information and examples were dragged out a bit but useful information.

    As a college student doing professional work, the one things that they didn’t touch on enough was the money aspect. So its $35… but I get that back in my taxes? As a refund or a deductible? I have never filed taxes because with a 3-month summer job im not even in a tax bracket where they can take money from me. Technically in the poverty level (a few thousand).

    One other thing that wasnt covered. They said we can do as many images as we want.. but does it all have to be in the same shoot or can it be over a longer period of time? If I wanted to start with registering my work (which I will anyways) do I have to do upload them all individually based on when/where I took them or does that not matter? The lawyer says it makes it easier to prove in court with a descriptive title but… How can I do that for everything?

    I appreciate that there was a photographer and a lawyer in this lesson but I dont think the lawyer provided much information other than his experiences. As for now, I am taking these questions to yahoo answers… Hopefully I will have my copyright up in a week :) Dont get me wrong though, this was a great course :) Just missing those things…

  3. Profile photo of Tom Fitzgerald Tom Fitzgerald

    Great class!

    Question: Does it matter if the photo you upload to the Copyright office is the as shot image or a final post processed image? With the amount of post processing that can be done with computers, the original shot image and the final post processed can look quite different. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Catherine Gilleland Catherine Gilleland

    Outstanding course – clear, useful, well-presented. It put to rest a number of persistent myths, which is a great public service! I now feel that I can successfully register my images, something I’ve never done before. Thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of dwgustaf dwgustaf

    I really appreciate that you guys did a class on this. So far I have only taken photos on personal assignments and this class really helped me with understanding the process of registering my photos. Everyone out there who shoots either professionally, as a hobby or even for personal memories should do this, and if they haven’t done this before, I highly recommend that they watch this video and favorite it (like I did) so it is easy to go back and review the class as a reference. Thank you very much! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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