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Peoria Real Estate Photographer Files Lawsuit Against Local MLS

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Most of you who've been following the PFRE Blog for a while will recognize the name Mike Boatman. Mike has been an outspoken advocate for image registration and usage rights enforcement, and has authored a number of engaging and informative articles on the topic. Mike recently filed a formal lawsuit against his local MLS so […]
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Your Photos Were Used for a Relisting without Your Permission! Now What?

Alan, from Seattle, WA writes: "I got an email from a homeowner who was asking me to send him the photos I took of the home for the agent who sold the house to him last year. He's relisting the house and wanted to use my images. I told him it would be $200 for […]

Video: How to Register Copyright on Your Photographs

? Mike Boatman's recent articles here on PFRE about the merits of registering your photos with the US Copyright Office have been so insightful, well written, and just plain helpful. I started my year with a timely registration of all of my images from the last 3 months of 2019, as well as several registrations […]

Discussing Copyrights with Your Clients--It's a Sales Tool

Author: Mike Boatman A copyright discussion with a client can be used as a sales tool. Copyright registration is a benefit for the client which will help to differentiate you from your competition and establish you as a professional essentially working as a limited partner for the success of your client. This is a fundamental […]

Copyright Registration and the Importance of "Chain of Evidence Custody"

Author: Mike Boatman This is my personal viewpoint. This is my opinion based on my personal experiences. Other people have different experiences and therefore, their viewpoint may be different than mine. Understanding What You’re Up Against I will boldly repeat something that I stated in my previous article because I believe it is worth repeating: […]

Real-World Copyright Litigation: A Photographer’s Viewpoint

Author: Mike Boatman This is my personal viewpoint. This is my opinion based on my personal experiences. Other people have different experiences and therefore, their viewpoint may be different than mine. I repeat… everything in this article is my opinion. I’m not depicting any specific communication with my attorneys, nor am I divulging any privileged […]

Making a Case for Image Copyright

Author: Mike Boatman Good Day! Since Brandon has been kind enough to allow me to address the PFRE community, please let me introduce myself: My name is Mike Boatman. I have worked full-time as a commercial advertising photographer for over four decades. In the early days, the bulk of my work was product, food, and […]

AREP Moves Forward on Copyright Protection Mandate

A few months ago, PFRE posted an article announcing the launch of the Association of Real Estate Photographers (AREP). As many of you recall, the launch was met with much skepticism, as evidenced by the high number of deeply passionate comments. While I acknowledge that it may not have been a perfectly executed launch, I […]

Rachel Brenke--The LawTog

A couple of days ago, I announced that we have officially added Rachel Brenke (The LawTog) to our speakers roster for the PFRE Conference in November. I have to admit, I wasn't aware of Rachel until PFRE community member Cindy James reached out to me and implored me to check her out. I took Cindy's […]

How to Protect Yourself from Copyright Infringement

Author: Kerry Bern Over the past few years, I’ve had personal experience in having my images used without my permission. So, I thought it might be helpful to offer a Q&A summary of what I’ve learned navigating this difficult subject. Disclaimer: Like you, I am a photographer; I am writing about my personal experiences and […]
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