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To protect their secondary rights from money-grabbing organisations photographers need to grant the Design and Artists Copyright Society an exclusive licence to represent them, writes David Hoffman.

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Fresh from his successful prosecution of Getty Images and AFP in New York, Daniel Morel’s attorney Joseph Baio talked to EPUK’s David Hoffman about the implications of the trial which ended with his client being awarded $1.2m in damages, the maximum possible for the breach of his copyright.

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In an exclusive telephone conversation the Haitian photojournalist Daniel Morel and Phyllis Galembo, his long-time friend who helped make it happen, talk about the trial which ended on Friday with an “outraged” jury finding agency giants AFP and Getty Images guilty of wilful copyright infringement of Morel’s photographs of the Haiti earthquake. “Getty are the worst enemy of photography,” Morel told EPUK.

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Gasps were heard in the courtroom as the trial of Daniel Morel vs. Agence France Presse (AFP) and Getty Images ended at the Thurgood Marshall US Court House in Manhattan with Morel being awarded $1.2m in damages, the maximum possible. Jury members said they were “outraged” by the behavior of both agencies. EPUK was there and reported daily from the eight-day trial.

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Daniel Morel’s copyright theft case against photo agencies Agence France Presse (AFP) and Getty Images will begin on Wednesday November 13th, 2013 at the Thurgood Marshall US Court House in Manhattan, before Federal District Court Judge Alison Nathan. The stakes are high and EPUK will be in New York to follow the action.

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Media outlets across Russia have replaced images with plain black or grey rectangles on their web sites in protest against the imprisonment of Denis Sinyakov, a Russian photographer working for the Greenpeace environmental organisation.

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JP Morgan Round the Island Race – Patrick Eden, 2014

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A music and entertainment company who offered £150 for their unlicenced and unlawful use of an exclusive image of pop stars cavorting on a sofa has agreed to pay photographer Jason Sheldon £20,000 following a Patents Court decision in May.

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As we increasingly take our mobile phones for granted David Hoffman suggests that photographers should be alert to the dangers of carrying a sophisticated monitoring device in their pocket, especially when working abroad.

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Much has already been written about the changes to copyright contained in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, but you haven’t heard the half of it yet. EPUK moderator Tony Sleep takes time out from filling in Costa Coffee job applications to explain…