Copyright and the Law of Photography

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Copyright & the Law of Photography

What are your legal rights and responsibilities as a photographer? Do you have questions about your contracts or about the copyright on your work? In the modern era of intellectual property law, with digital technology and complex contracts, knowing your legal rights is as important as making amazing photos.

In this presentation, Jen Hurley (read about Jen below) covered important topics to ensure that you protect yourself and your clients from any legal pitfalls, including:

  • When do you need permission from your photography subjects?
  • What are different licensing schemes for your photos?
  • What can you do if someone is using your work without your permission?

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Jen Hurley is Associate General Counsel at Corbis Corporation where she advises the company in the areas of copyright, trademark, personality rights, entertainment law, licensing, marketing and digital rights. Jen began her career at Davis Wright Tremaine and then spent over five years at Starbucks Coffee Company supporting the marketing, digital strategy and entertainment groups. Jen received her JD from the University of Washington in 2000 where she was Executive Articles editor on the Law Review. She graduated with high honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. In addition to her JD, she has a MLS from the University of Washington. Jen received her BA in English from Swarthmore College where she graduated with high honors. Jen is a frequent speaker on intellectual property, marketing and topics specific to in house counsel and has been an Adjunct Professor at the Seattle University School of Law.


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