The legal issues affecting photographs and the photographers who take them are different than for other types of original works. The growth of social media, paparazzi, and "entertainment news" sites, television shows, and magazines has raised additional issues about photos that people shoot and how they can be used. This workshop will provide a primer on the various legal issues involved with photos and how these issues differ based on how photos are used. Topics will include: the rights of copyright that apply to photos; who owns a photo - the photographer, the person or company that commissioned it, or the subject of the photo; when "fair use" can apply to how a photo is exploited; the types of contracts that generally cover the taking and use of photos; how California's rights of publicity laws affect photos of celebrities and public figures.
Presenters: Paul I. Menes is the AV-rated (Preeminent) Co-Head of Entertainment and Media at ADLI Law Group P.C. He provides “Creative Law for Creative Endeavors”, to select clients in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. Prior to joining ADLI Law Group P.C., Paul was principal attorney at his own practice, Menes Entertainment and Media Law, as well as a name partner or principal in other firms. Paul’s practice areas include digital media law, entertainment law, branding and trademark law, and copyright Law. Paul is a member of the California, Los Angeles County, and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, and speaks, writes and is interviewed or quoted often. Examples include Entertainment Law and Finance, The Financial Times, MUSEXPO, L.A. Times, Associated Press, Digital Music News, and several law schools, legal and business conferences.