American Photographic Artists
The APA, as a champion of advertising photographers and image-makers, offers a comprehensive resource page of links that address copyright issues. Links cover general information such as how to register digital and print photos; copyright laws in the U.S., Canada and cyberspace; forms to download and links to the U.S. Copyright Office and copyright attorneys.
American Society of Media Photographers
Founded in 1944, at a time when print photographers had little financial or professional organization, ASMP was created to defend the rights and interests of professional photographers. The society advocates for copyright protection, business education, professional standards and fellowship, and against work–for–hire and other abuses. ASMP has chapters all over the nation and holds valuable meetings on a range of issues of interest for photographers—pricing and administration, client relations, and technical “how to” topics, as well as talks on featured photographers. These events are not only learning but also networking and social opportunities, giving photographers, who typically work in isolation, a sense of real community.
Artists Rights Society (ARS)
The Artists Rights Society is the preeminent copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the United States. Founded in 1987, ARS represents the intellectual property rights and estate interests of over 50,000 visual artists and photographers. ARS is a heavyweight organization with artists such as Georges Braque, Joseph Beuys, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Edvard Munch and Man Ray under its wing.
Brad Templeton - Copyright Myths
Brad Templeton, founder of the first .com company and head of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, offers a well-informed and down-to-earth debunking of copyright myths, particularly those pertaining to the internet, on his surprisingly low-tech and home-designed site. Templeton’s wry wit shines through in his authoritative answers to common misconceptions about how to use other people’s material on the web and internet.
California Lawyers for the Arts
California Lawyers for the Arts not only addresses the legal needs of artists in California, the organization advocates for funding and artists’ rights, as well as initiating projects that offer low income youths career training in the arts.
Copyright at the University of Michigan
The University of Michigan has wisely assembled a very useful set of resources pages to help everyone in academia navigate the particular copyright issues that affect them. Covering a lot of territory, the resource features separate and comprehensive sections for teachers, students, and creators.
Divided into sections for various branches of the arts, such as movies, music and the web, this slickly designed site provides “real-world” copyright information for all kinds of creative types. Here, stories in the news involving copyright law are highlighted and discussed as examples of what to do and not do in different situations. The Copyright Website’s other raison d’être is to offer a “copyright wizard,” an online copyright registration service that, for a fee, will manage the process of applying for copyright for you.
Editorial Photographers (EP)
Founded by photojournalists for photojournalists, EP speaks frankly and directly to many issues facing professionals today. In a field that has seen a lot of change in recent years, EP’s stated mission is to advocate for photographers’ rights and to be a voice for change in the industry. Relying on education and communication to increase awareness of the issues, the site provides ample information on everything from wise business practices to copyright laws. The FAQ page, OutreachEP and Copyright sections are invaluable resources for those just entering the business as well as those coping with its changing rules.