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Congratulations to Marcus Biastock of Anchorage, Alaska--November 2020 PFRE Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was "open" meaning any real estate photo was fair game. Marcus Biastock #276 Pierre Galant #271Andrew Bramasco #253Dan Solomon # ...

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

09/03/2020
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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: […]
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Real-World Copyright Litigation: A Photographer’s Viewpoint

17/02/2020
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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

05/09/2019
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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

19/07/2019
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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

25/06/2019
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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 […]

Is There an Increase in Copyright Filing Fees on the Way?

03/06/2019
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The U.S. Copyright Office has proposed an increase to filing fees for group registration of images. Currently, the cost is $55 for registering up to 750 images. The Office estimates that the cost for providing this service is roughly $284. The proposal is to raise the fee for group registration to $100, which is an […]

Who Owns the Copyright for Real Estate Images?

07/08/2018
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By: larry
Jack in Florida says: I'm starting to get confused about who actually owns copyright privileges to the images that are posted on the MLS. Our local area Real Estate Association seems to think that they do once they are on MLS. They even put their Association logo on the images posted to MLS. Do real […]

The Cost of US Photo Copyright Registration Increases on Feb 20th - Do You Register Your Photos?

06/02/2018
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By: larry
Kerry in Iowa points out that: It looks like beginning Feb 20th, 2018, we (US Photographers) will be limited to 750 photos per registration. (See: this page). Based on the number of photos I registered last year, the new rule is going to increase my registration fees this year by at least $110. I'm sure […]

Does My MLS Have the Right to Put Their Copyright on My Image?

23/11/2017
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By: larry
Larry in Washington DC asks: I occasionally look at Pixsy to see how my photos are being grabbed online for unauthorized use. Recently, I saw a couple of photos I shot for a Realtor appear in the Washingtonian Magazine in Washington, DC. They have the ©MRIS mark on them. If I license my photos to […]
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