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Expert witness and consultant in photography, copyright infringement, other intellectual property issues, lost film and lost photographs, damaged film and damaged photographs, evaluation of photographs and photographic collections, valuation of photographs and photographic collections, model release, talent release and property release issues including right of publicity and right to privacy, forensic and qualitative analysis of digital and traditional photographs, images and other artwork, photographic manipulation detection and analysis, photography industry standards, trade practices, photography contracts and agreements related to advertising photography, editorial photography, corporate photography, portrait photography, stock photography, stock agencies and other genres in commercial photography and retail professional photography.

Expert witness reports and testimony provided in federal and state courts. Litigation consulting in matters involving photography used in publishing, merchandizing, licensing and all aspects of marketing, such as advertising, branding, publicity and public relations. Computation of actual damages, analysis of independent economic value, determination of causal nexus in relation to disgorged profits. Technical, marketing and business consultant to photographers, software developers, stock agencies, investors and corporations involved in the photography  and advertising industries. Dispute resolution services for parties facing potential litigation in photography related matters. Litigation support materials including large scale prints printed and digital exhibits for powerpoint and video presentations.

On Photography:

Photography is the process of making pictures by means of the action of light, typically using a camera, either using traditional (film and chemical) or digital processes. Photographs are also called "images," "photos" or "pictures." Copyright law establishes that photographs are intellectual property, and provides copyright owners with limited protections, while encouraging the creation of new works for the benefit of society. For a limited time, photography copyright owners enjoy exclusive legal rights in their photographs and may be  entitled to seek  remedies such as damages and injunctive relief in the event of a photography copyright infringement. Copyright registration may affect the extent to which an owner is entitled to seek remedies. The public has certain rights, including the right to fair use of photographs, throughout the copyright life of each photograph. Eventually, photographs enter the public domain, for use by and for the public.  Models or subjects pictured in photographs may have the right to control the use of their likenesses under right of publicity laws and right of privacy laws. By signing a model release, a model may grant certain rights allowing the use of the model's likeness in a photograph. Where original photographic film is lost or damaged, the film may be evaluated or appraised, and a value may be estimated, based on a number of factors, including industry standards for liquidated damages, as may be memorialized in photography contracts or agreements between professional photographers and their clients. In the event of a breach of contract, the damaged party may be entitled to remedies. A photography expert can analyze a photograph using forensic methods to determine the circumstances under which the photograph was made, and to reveal details of the photograph not visible to the naked eye. A photography expert may also use photographic equipment to conduct an analysis of a location, accident scene or crime scene, or to create simulations or reenactments. Photography experts can provide consultation and/or testimony or litigation support for attorneys, plaintiffs or defendants in photography litigation.

 Photography  and Copyright experts witnesses for  Photography and Copyright


Photography Expert Witness, Copyright Expert Witness, Photography Business Consultant, Professional Negotiator, Litigation Support, Forensic Photographic Analysis

The leading consultant and testifying forensic expert witness on all issues related to photography: Copyright, licensing, contracts, business practices, industry standards, stock photography, model releases, rights of privacy/publicity, evaluation of lost or damaged photographs and film, evaluation of photography assets, technical matters, forensic digital analysis, forensic photography, litigation support.

Trained negotiator and mediator providing clients with dispute resolution services, and assisting clients in negotiating favorable settlements without litigation. Photography business, licensing and copyright consultant to attorneys, stock agencies, professional photographers, artists, artist representatives, publishers, software developers, advertising agencies, PR firms, graphic designers, and other organizations engaged in production or use of photography.

Respected and acknowledged authority on all forms of commercial, editorial and stock photography. Past President, Advertising Photographers of America (APA). Chief Advisor on Licensing & Copyright, APA. President & CEO, PLUS Coalition, the licensing standards body for the photography and advertising industries. Professor of Photography, Art Center College of Design. Leading consultant, speaker, author on legal, business, and technical photography topics.

Working professional advertising photographer with decades of experience at the highest level. Named 2005 Photography Industry Leader of the Year 2005 by International Photography Council. Named Photography Person of the Year, 2006, by Photo Media Magazine.

References and CV available upon request.

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PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide technical "how to" advice on buying or using camera equipment or software, and we do not provide free legal advice.


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