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The 📸 Press Clipping by Fair Licensing | week 2 '24

Here are the top 5 news articles for Agencies and Photographers in week 2/2024

What's abuzz in the photography world this week?

1. Fstoppers

Photographer sues Church over Copyright Infringement

Photographer E. P. Donovan is suing a church in South Carolina for using his copyrighted image without permission on its website. Donovan alleges that the church downloaded the photo as a sermon video thumbnail, removing his copyright notice and watermark. Despite two reports, the issue persists. Donovan seeks legal recompense and a court order against future use. The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 21, 2023, requires the church to respond by Feb. 20, 2024.

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2. DIYPhotography

What did AI mean for Photographers in 2023?

In 2023, AI saw advances in image generation, notably with Midjourney's version 6. Photography competitions faced controversy over AI entries, while Adobe's Generative Fill and Canva's AI streamlined editing. Copyright concerns emerged with AI-generated content, leading to lawsuits. AI was featured in fashion magazines and product images on Amazon and Google. Despite concerns, AI is not replacing photography but ushering in a new era in digital imagery.

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3. Digital Camera World

Canon, Nikon and Sony are banding together in the Fight against fake Images

Japanese camera giants Nikon, Sony, and Canon are set to introduce technology embedding digital signatures in images to authenticate and counter fake photos. Verified through the app Verify, digital signatures include photographer details. Sony plans firmware updates by spring 2024, Canon by a later date, and Nikon aims for all mirrorless cameras. This initiative aligns with industry efforts to enhance content authenticity amid challenges from misinformation and manipulated imagery.

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4. Design Your Trust

Spectacular winning Photos from the ReFocus Black And White Photography Awards 2023

The 2023 Black and White Photo Contest winners were announced by the reFocus Awards, featuring entries from 77 nations. Distinguishing between professional and non-professional photographers, the competition emphasizes monochromatic allure. In its second year, reFocus Awards includes categories like abstract, aerial, film/analog, and people. The professional winner receives a $2,500 cash prize, and the non-professional winner receives $1,500 for exceptional talent.

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5. PetaPixel

Museum Exhibit showcases ‘most awkward Family Photos ever’

Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibition, now at The Columbus Museum in Georgia, displays 200 cringe-worthy family portraits with amusing backstories. Curated by creators, it celebrates imperfect family moments, featuring poor wardrobe choices, awkward poses, and nonsensical photo props. Since its 2012 debut, the exhibit has been a nationwide hit in the US, attracting record attendance. Take a look at some of the exhibit pieces. 

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