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Copyright, Trademark, and Intellectual Property for Photographers

with Rachel Rodgers

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  •   01 Intro to Advanced IP for Photographers

    02:53
  •   02 Looking Through the Lens of IP

    08:57

Class duration: 2h 36m

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About The Class

what every photographer needs to know about intellectual property.


Whether you photograph weddings, capture senior portraits, or shoot high-fashion images, understanding key concepts like intellectual property, copyright, and trademarks is an essential part of succeeding a working photographer.

Join Rachel Rodgers to explore the core concepts of intellectual property that every photographer should know. You’ll learn when and why you need model releases. You’ll also learn how to create client service agreements that protect your best interests. Rachel will also guide you through common infringement issues many photographers face.

The skills you learn in this course will enable to you to be your own best advocate, and both defend and profit from your images.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Intro to Advanced IP for Photographers

    02:53
  2. 02

    Looking Through the Lens of IP

    08:57
  3. 03

    Protecting Your IP

    02:33
  4. 04

    Client Service Agreements

    14:41
  5. 05

    Grant of Rights and Copyrights

    22:29
  6. 06

    The 5 Rights of Copyright

    02:46
  7. 07

    Guarantee and Cancellation Clauses

    05:18
  8. 08

    Boilerplate Clauses

    11:01
  9. 09

    Lessons Learned: Christa Meola

    11:45
  10. 10

    Copyright Registration

    17:10
  11. 11

    Works for Hire

    06:00
  12. 12

    How-to: Copyright Registration

    29:24
  13. 13

    Ways to Prevent Photo Theft

    03:13
  14. 14

    Ways to Handle Copyright Infringers

    10:56
  15. 15

    When It's Not Infringment

    07:05

Meet Your Expert

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers is an intellectual property and business lawyer for innovative companies who are disrupting their markets. Rachel has worked with companies in various industries, from mobile app developers to luxury inns. She started her law practice, Rachel Rodgers Law ... read more

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  • pdf Rachel Rodgers - Copyright Cheatsheet for Photographers .pdf
  • pdf Rachel Rodgers - Photographer Clauses.docx

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    September 2019

    Absolutely brilliant! I was feeling so anxious and unclear about all of this stuff having recently taken on a commercial client. This answered all my questions, and explained everything I needed to know in such a clear and simple way. One of the best classes I could have purchased for my business at this stage, and an absolute bargain!

  • Mambolina

    Mambolina

    April 2015

    I watched this class for free on a replay. The course is very informative on the topic. I purchased the class to get the bonus materials, which ended up being a complete waste of money. The Photographer Clauses document contains images of 5 clauses, not the text. In effect if you get to watch the free replay you can just grab screenshots of the clauses. The CreativeLive Handout is just a marketing page with a link to the speaker's business website where you get a discount code that can be applied to any of the products purchased on her website. I decided to purchase the photographer's package - tried to apply the discount code several times, but it wouldn't work. Not a great experience.

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    October 2015

    This class is valuable. I feel like a bandit for what I paid. Rachel Rogers is definitely in your corner to help you make sense of the nebulous nuances that could very well be the difference between you making or missing your money goals.

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