Property Law Primer for Multimedia Developers

J. Dianne Brinson and Mark F. Radcliffe created this masterful, authoritative essay on intellectual property laws in the United States back a decade ago -- but it is still valid in todays content-over-saturated, online world. This is good information for anyone who publishes online or otherwise. August 17, 2017

335: I've been stung by the Copyright bee. Believe me, that bee sting hurts!

For nearly three decades, I've invited readers to send in their images and referrals to share with DTG readers. It became so popular, and so beneficial for the sender, I got too comfortable with it and even stopped saving the paper trail. Bad decision. A reader sent in a photo some time ago, and in January, we decided to show it in an article in our Gallery. In May we got an email demanding we remove it, claiming ownership. So we removed it and thought all was well. But all was not well, and here's the rest of the story. June 8, 2017

LAWS of Authorship

One almost famous photographer I know put out a remarkable self-promotion piece -- a calendar so simple and stunning, everyone wanted one. It was a series of posters with spot varnishes printed in full color on 100 pound coated cover. He stamped a copyright mark on each and every image used to produce those promotional pieces -- but this story turns out a little different than you'd expect. February 25, 2013

Can you use it?

If it's there, can you use it? While I was putting together the article for Pamela Wells this month, that question presented itself once again. Searching for images of Pamela's writings and products I turned up an interesting set of images that immediately underscored the issues of SOPA and PIPA. March 1, 2012

Photoshop Free Photos Madness

'Tis the season for some foraging for free stuff, and recently someone asked PS 911 where the best "free" photos and art could be found. YES ... again this is Photoshop Madness because there are some good ones -- but as usual, there are some very bad ones as well! November 30, 2011

Web Theft: What to do!

Noted author Susan Kirkland looks at web site piracy, and shares some insight into sites that have been ripped off, and how to protect yourself with some simple common law and copyright resources. August 18, 2009