Round Up Week of July 8

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1) Court Rules Photographs Are “Factual Depictions” & Copying Them Is Fair Use

On June 11, 2018, another head scratching decision came out of the Eastern District of Virginia, one that has the potential to seriously erode the copyright protections afforded photographers.

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2) Appeals court largely strikes down California’s artist resale rights law

 The ruling could open the door for Christie’s and Sotheby’s to hold more contemporary auctions in Los Angeles

The ruling could open the door for Christie’s and Sotheby’s to hold more contemporary auctions in Los Angeles

The fate of the 1977 California Resale Royalties Act (CRRA) seems to have finally been decided, with judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday (6 July) almost entirely striking down the California statute that has long been America’s only “droit de suite” law on the books for visual artists—but has just as long been neglected by the majority of the state’s auction houses and galleries. The panel of judges found that the state law conflicts with the federal Copyright Act, effective 1 January 1978, so the 5% percent royalty could only be applied to secondary market sales made in the narrow one-year window after the CRRA went into effect.

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3) Copyright Directive legislation voted down by European Parliament

EU Copyright Directive

The EU’s rejection of the controversial legislation – the vote was 318 against 278 with 31 abstaining – isn’t the end of the fight. It now goes back to the drawing board before it faces a second vote in September.

The purpose of the legislation is to drag copyright law into the digital age and ensure that content creators get paid for their work, be it newspaper copy, music or other copyrighted content.

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4) Women Photograph Mentorship Program

Women Photograph is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Mentorship Program, which will pair 22 industry leaders (11 photographers and 11 photo editors) with 22 early-career photojournalists over the course of a year. Mentors include editors from National Geographic, NPR, The Atlantic, the San Francisco Chronicle, and award-winning photographers based in every (inhabited) continent. Women Photograph are currently seeking applications from women and non-binary photographers with less than five years of professional work experience who might be interested in long-term support.

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 From Photographic Treatment by Laurence Aëgerter, published by Dewi Lewis

From Photographic Treatment by Laurence Aëgerter, published by Dewi Lewis

5) Arles: Archive and found photography sweeps the board in the 2018 Prix du Livre

From a series of diptychs designed to stimulate senile dementia patients to - controversially - an alternative take on Bertolt Brecht's War Primer which was first published in 2011, Arles' book awards went to images from the archives

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6) Adobe Using AI to Spot Photoshopped Photos

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Adobe’s software has been widely used for many years now as a tool to create fake photos, but now the company is developing software for the other side: it’s using AI to spot photo manipulations to aid in the war against fake photos.

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