Worldwide License for Your Twitter Photos Shot Down by Federal Judge

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This is a follow-up to the previous post that looked at the potential dangers of sharing/licensing photos on Twitter.  And, since I’m talking about legal issues, let me go ahead and get my disclaimer out of the way…

While I am a lawyer, I am not your lawyer and this is an editorial commentary on newsworthy issues rather than legal advice.  Remember that one too – unless you’re paying a lawyer, you aren’t really getting legal advice, and what you are getting on blogs, forums and, for that matter, Twitter is worth just what you paid for it.  Seriously, remember that the next time you want to rely on someone’s advice on a forum.  The judge won’t be too keen on a printout of a blog post when you hand it to him as “evidence.”

Can a News Agency Use Photos You Share on Twitter?

The last time around, we talked about whether sharing your photos on Twitter gave Twitter a license to use your photos however it sees fit.  This time, we’re talking about a third-party news agency using photos shared on Twitter and one photographer who jumped right into the thick of it. [Read more...]

Twitter, Lawyers and Your Photos

I had decided to sit this one out . . . but there sure has been a lot of name-calling, face-making and side-taking, so I thought I would try to clear the air a little bit by offering up my opinion on the matter.

While I am a lawyer, I am not your lawyer and this is an editorial commentary on newsworthy issues rather than legal advice.  Remember that one too – unless you’re paying a lawyer, you aren’t really getting legal advice, and what you are getting on blogs, forums and, for that matter, Twitter is worth just what you paid for it.  Seriously, remember that the next time you want to rely on someone’s advice on a forum.  The judge won’t be too keen on a printout of a blog post when you hand it to him as “evidence.”

Ok, with that out of the way, let’s dig into this Twitastrophe.  And, if you’ve made it this far, and don’t know what I mean when I say the word “Twitter,” feel free to skip this post altogether.  ;-) [Read more...]

Grow Your Bottom Line and Increase Bookings

The following post is by DigiLabs Pro General Manager, Stephanie Weber, who offers advice on how to increase bookings by leveraging your network.  Learn more about Stephanie and DigiLabs at the end of this post.

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In an economy where every lead is a vital one, many professional photographers are ignoring their biggest sales force – their online networks of friends and professional contacts. This includes anyone from clients to vendors to fellow photographers, all of whom can be valuable marketing assets to pros. By leveraging your network with a few simple initiatives, shooters can become sellers and boost their bottom line. [Read more...]

Photoshop iPhone App Adds Easy Sharing Options for Twitter and Facebook

When the iPhone Photoshop App launched last year, the biggest complaint I had with it was the limitation on sharing your photos directly from the App.  You couldn’t share photos from the App except through Photoshop.com – no Facebook, no Twitter, no nothing.

All that has changed with the new version 1.2 update to the iPhone Photoshop App.  Now, the App works the way it should have worked when it was first launched. [Read more...]

PhotoScatter iPhone App

PhotoScatter is a pretty cool looking iPhone App that lets you share your iPhone photos on a variety of photo sharing sites instantly. You can upload to Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly, Photobucket, Picasa and Twitter with just a few taps on the screen, as you can see in the above video.

You can check it out closer at PhotoScatter.com.  They’ve also lowered the price to $0.99 for a short time.

JPG Magazine Almost Dead . . . Almost

In a blog post on New Year’s Day, JPG Magazine called it quits:

We’ve spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we’ve reached the end of the line. We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but just weren’t able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times. We sought out buyers, spoke with numerous potential investors, and pitched several last-ditch creative efforts, all without success. As a result, jpgmag.com will shut down on Monday, January 5, 2009.

There were several reactions to this news across the online photography community, with many people expressing their sadness to see JPG Magazine go.  However, Don MacAskill, CEO of SmugMug, reached out to JPG Magazine via Twitter, which is a social media communication tool.  This has sparked some reactionary comments and a feeling among many that JPG may be salvageable.  Others, however, would prefer to see it just die.

Today, TechCrunch reported that “the company is in the process of taking bids from interested buyers now, and there are already firm offers on the table which are attractive to the company’s current stockholders.”  It appears, however, that we won’t know the fate of JPG Magazine until some point next week at the earliest. Stay tuned.