Category: Ethics & Legal

Missouri Update: Dean’s Statement

Dean David Kurpius from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism has released a statement regarding Monday’s incident. Also, for clarification, Assistant Professor Melissa Click, featured in several videos confronting journalists, is not a faculty member in the Missouri School of Journalism. She is a member of the MU Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Science. In...

Challenging California’s Anti-Paparazzi Law

The first case challenging the Constitutionality of California’s 2010 anti-paparazzi law is headed to court and the National Press Photographers Association is joining in. The law applies penalties to working photographers for driving infractions that differ from those applies to non-photographers. The appeal points out that the statute creates different punishments for individuals breaking the same driving laws. For example,...

We Are Not the Enemy

Reading through Niko Koppel’s New York Times piece on the conviction of New York City police officer Michael Ackermann is both discouraging and encouraging. Discouraging in that photographer Robert Stolarik was arrested and charged in 2012 for doing a legally permitted thing, encouraging that Ackermann may now spend time in jail for his unlawful actions and lying in court. But...

Are We Ready for DRM on Photos?

That’s a good question to start pondering, because according to Rob Price at Business Insider, the Joint Photographics Expert Group (look at their acronym to determine if they’re important) is looking at incorporating digital rights management technology into web-accessible images. Will this change everything for the better, allowing us to protect our work and receive the compensation we need to...