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Photography and the Law - Sharon Givoni
Aug / 01

Photography and the Law (Part 1)

Sharon Givoni Consulting Copyright, Photography

Is it legal to photograph someone in a public place without their permission? This article addresses some common misconceptions and looks at copyright, model releases and legal consent when it comes to taking pictures of people and using them in all sorts of contexts. Read more… This article was first published in Australian Photography + […]

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Protecting textile patterns and designs

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design, Copyright, Retail and fashion Law, Trade marks

If you design or manufacture patterned textiles or fabrics, you need to be careful not to copy other people’s textile designs and find yourself entangled in legal issues. This article talks about copyright and trade mark protection of patterns, trade marks and designs in textiles (including David Jones, Louis Vuitton and Levis). Read more… Note […]

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Inspiration… or Rip Off?

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design, Copyright

We all get inspirited by one thing or another in life including when we create art works such as drawings and photographs. Madonna got inspired by a famous fashion photographer some years ago when creating one of her video clips and then threatened with legal action. Read more…

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The Fine Line between Copyright Infringement or Artistic Creativity

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design, Copyright

This article looks at what happened when the owners of the Barbie doll (Mattel) took a photographer to court over the “creative” use of Barbie in a bold and daring set of photographers featuring Barbies cooking in a casserole dish and in a fondue pot. The fair use defence under copyright law came into play […]

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The Case for Binding Contracts

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design, Copyright

Read how the owner of a holiday resort thought that they could use the photographer’s commercial images of the report without paying him. The court punished them even more because they had ignored the letters from the photographer asking for payment. Lucky for the photographer, he had a contract with them that set out what […]

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