Copyright Essentials for Today's Photographer By Jack Reznicki, Ed Greenberg and Mia McCormick

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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


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 Artisan-west Artisan-west

    Just tried to register some art for the first time Feb/2015. After an hour I can’t get anywhere, just an error after I enter the Type of title and the work’s title. The error is that I have not selected a title but of course there is no way to select the title. The course here is excellent but the reality of doing this is much harder.

  2. Profile photo of Ted Case Ted Case

    Reference was made to a book in the earlier part of the class. What is the title and author of that book?

    This was the most thorough discussion on copyright I’ve heard! THANKS!

  3. Profile photo of Tom Tom

    This is a fantastic course and am going to add it to my favorites. All of these videos plus the discounts that KelbyOne offers more than make up for the cost of membership. I was interested to know that when you snap a photo even as a semi pro, you own the rights, but can only claim ownership if you go through the registration process to copyright and have it listed. Great information! Oh and Mia, you do a great job of interviewing your guests with great followup questions.

  4. Profile photo of doug1 doug1

    Does any know how to rename file in lightroom so that the copyright office will accept the file I keep getting an err message stating the copyright office cannot use any special characters

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    I’ve registered my work to the copyright office. My next question is how often or every how many months shall we register our work?

    Also, what’s the approach to find out if our photos are being infringed??

  6. Profile photo of amethyst24 amethyst24

    Great course! So informative. A disc of this class should be in the box with every camera

  7. Profile photo of brianw brianw

    Great class :)

    Can the guests say if this information applies to the UK with regards to image registration etc ? —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of Jeff Sydor Jeff Sydor

    This course was very informative about what I can do for copyright infringement. Many of my questions that I had prior were answered. The host and the guests were extremely knowledgeable and would love to have someone like that in my corner. This is not just beneficial for photographers, but all artists as well. 5 Stars! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of micolh1 micolh1

    Great info. Good to know. Very informative. —- Yes, please post my feedback —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of algia10 algia10

    Excellent class! Everyone with a camera should watch this. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of RichardJohnson RichardJohnson

    Great show… love these guys!
    Discussion ran above my business level for the most part. (I’m a generalist portrait photographer.)
    However, I realize that it’s hard to cover everyone’s specific needs in a short program. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of Jared Pierson Jared Pierson

    Great, Great, Great! Must see if you’re going to be a real artist and business person. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of Your-SunshineGirl Your-SunshineGirl

    Great Course! Needs to be made available for every Photographer in the World. But I’m being stingy by saying that. The more Photographers that will learn to educate their clients makes my job easier. The reason being, I work in a lab and trying to distinguish between Pro (paid) and amature (family snaps) is getting harder by the second. We require a release from the copyright holder.

    I joined KT to learn tips and tricks that will enable me to capture better images, but I’m also learning to make better calls as to the images I print. I had one person tell me that they took the image, but their tune changed when I asked about the color of the reflector that was being used. Caught a deer in the headlights, I did. Confession ensued and I was asked how I knew that a shiny thing was used. They did get their print and I got our copy of the release. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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