Copyright Essentials for Today's Photographer By Jack Reznicki

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Join Mia McCormick with special guests Jack Reznicki, a commercial photographer, and Ed Greenberg, an intellectual property attorney, to discuss the most pressing, need-to-know copyright information for photographers in front of a live studio audience. Over the course of 2 hours, Ed and Jack answer questions from the audience, do a live walk through of how to register your copyright online, and share a wealth of wisdom, tips, and stories that will inspire you to take the necessary steps to protect your work.

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Join Mia McCormick as she introduces the instructors, discusses what will be covered in this class, and jumps into taking questions on copyright registration.
Ed and Jack spell out the rights that are protected under copyright law.
Jack and Ed answer questions from the live audience on topics ranging from understanding work for hire to how to get started with registering a large volume of work, before jumping into a demonstration of how to register your copyright online.
Jack does a live demonstration of all the steps involved in registering your copyright online.
After wrapping up the last part of the registration process Jack and Ed take a closer look at how to protect your copyright while leveraging social media to promote your work.
It is important to understand the terms of service you agree to when using social media sites. Ed and Jack also share some tips for how you can find your photos in use.
Jack and Ed take more questions from the live audience on topics ranging from understanding photo contest rules to dealing with infringements.
Ed and Jack wrap up the class by answering new questions from the live audience. Topics range from understanding perpetual rights to model releases to licensing your work.
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Jack Reznicki

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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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  1. 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

  2. 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

  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 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…