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Show Opening in New York

What: Opening

Where: Staley Wise in New York

When: September 10, 2009

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Post Two: Image Warehouse is Over, Out, Nix, Zilch, Done

This one is biting the dust. After a promising start the Image Warehouse is getting out of stock. Customers received a 30 day notice. The story at Photo Business News.

Post Three: Annie Leibovitz’ Deadline Approaching Quickly

This just in from the LA Times. Please read this very neutral article from Paul Lieberman. Not too many new developments but good coverage for those of us who have become Annie junkies and need to read every piece of information. What I like about his article is that the writer cites other artists like Bowie, Michale Jackson and the Beatles as having been in situations similar to this one.

And here is what NY Examiner has to say about this. Same story.

And here is yet another article from the NY Examiner.

Post Four: Google, Copyright and Digitization of Books

Why is this one important? If Google can take my work as an artist (author, photographer, illustrator) and digitize my work without my permission – that would be a bit of an issue right? Because, what happens once that is done and who gets to see the images and are you getting paid?  If you are an author or have contributed to books you MUST familiarize yourself with this issue:

http://www.googlebooksettlement.com

This is the settlement administration website for the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement. The purpose of this website is to inform you of a proposed Settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by authors and publishers, claiming that Google has violated their copyrights and those of other Rightsholders of Books and Inserts (click for definitions), by scanning their Books, creating an electronic database and displaying short excerpts without the permission of the copyright holders. Google denies the claims. The lawsuit is entitled The Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc., Case No. 05 CV 8136 (S.D.N.Y.) The Court has preliminarily approved the Settlement. For further information, please review the Notice.

  • Claim your Books and Inserts: You can do this at any time, but in order to be eligible for Cash Payments for Books, you must complete your Claim Form on or before January 5, 2010.
  • Opt out of the Settlement:Must be submitted online or postmarked on or before September 4, 2009.
  • File an objection or notice of intent to appear at the Fairness Hearing: Must be postmarked on or before September 4, 2009.

Please click here to go to the FAQ website.

Julia Dulik Stern from Selling Stock (which is the stock industry enews service and you can subscribe to their services) reports:

On Monday, the European Union is holding a hearing to discuss the effects of the Google book settlement on Europe-and the Coordination of European Picture Agencies is weighing in on behalf of the image industry.

In 2005, authors and publishers sued Google, claiming that the search company was infringing copyrights by digitizing books. Google settled, though it initially claimed fair use. Many viewed the concession as a shrewd business move, because it solidified Google’s position as the leading search engine and put a price tag on digitizing publication content for search purposes, effectively precluding smaller companies from following it Google’s footsteps.

This is objectionable to a coalition of several large companies, as well as a number of European countries. Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo! argue that Google is trying to control access to and distribution of the world’s largest database of books. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the settlement agreement for possible antitrust violations. The Government of Germany just filed papers in U.S. courts, alleging that the settlement agreement violates German laws and irrevocably alters the international intellectual property landscape.

Interested parties, including CEPIC, will attend this Monday’s hearing to comment on the settlement. CEPIC says its membership is directly affected by the settlement, because millions of digitized books include photographs. CEPIC wants the settlement agreement to be revoked and replaced by negotiations regarding appropriate image uses. The organization insists on being able to work with publishers to solve related issues of photographic rights.

Post Five: Have Your Voice Heard and Vote

My Amazon account invited me to vote on my favorite magazine cover and you can, too. In addition to voting on your favorite cover in a variety of categories you can also win $10,000. And, it’s fun. The contest is in collaboration with industry associations, the MPA and the ASME.

Find out more about the Magazine Publishers of America, the American Society of Magazine Editors, and past winners of the best covers event by visiting the MPA website:

Magazine Publishers of America (MPA)
American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME)

Click here to learn more about the contest

Post Six: SYNC is Launching End of Summer Promotion (Los Angeles until 9/30/09)

(Click on image to go the promotion website)

Greetings from L.A. Photo Group! We’d like to introduce you to the newly re-structured SYNC, an L.A. Photo Group, Inc. Company. We’ve added a new name, spiffed up our website and expanded our services to help you connect the dots for your still photography production.

To celebrate these great changes, we’d love for you to take advantage of our End of Summer Promotion. Customize your savings to meet your needs. Save $275 and apply it as you wish. Choose to:

…rent the Sprinter Van – Standard Grip Package at half price ($275)

…OR rent the Sprinter Van – Standard Grip Package at full price ($550) and receive $275 in free a la carte gear added to your package

…OR rent the Sprinter Van – Standard Grip Package at full price ($550) and receive either a free photo assistant or a free production coordinator for the day ($275+ value)

…OR come to us with your own idea of how you’d like to apply your savings – we’re happy to accommodate!

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