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A fashion photography as a collective copyright work?

It is the case in France.

The appeal court of Paris has confirmed the decision that a fashion photography created in collaboration with others than the photographer, who was shooting the photograph as a work for hire, must be seen as a collective copyright work.

This opens yet another door to a myriad of possibilities for copyright work to expand and include sectors, which do not usually get any access to copyright in today’s copyright world. The contributors to the photographs such as stylists, make-up artists, story-board artists and more, may consider their options as to which claims could be of use and contractually of interest to them.

In a world where collaborations are the norm rather than exception, the photographer still carries an important role as creator of the angle, the choice of lense and more to the photography.  This, however, is also most often the very last decisions in a long line of already carefully decided and created imagery and content from the above mentioned groups of contributors.

As a push towards more focus on collective works, be it printed or online, this decision is  a step towards acceptance and inclusion of more groups as collective creators in the copyright work.

link in French:


Getting your international contract in order, in this case with China

As I have just come across a case where the importance of seals for signatures in China became an issue, I found a very to the point informative article on the subject, from Deshlaw in the US. Follow the link below for more.

Be aware that what may be considered an acceptable agreement online in the West, probably isn’t in China.


Infringements in a new world order

If you cannot pursue your interests, there is no real legal protection. The EUCJ decision in this case, where a company was originally denied access to information about the original infringement of its goods, marks a global need to find perpetrators and underlines the global aspect of copyright today.

Here a link to the article from William Fry on

When design copying goes international

Not only has design furniture classics been heavily copied directly in the EU, to the point where sales were made from territories with less protection within the EU, to those territories where the classics were and are still protected. But these classics are now being copied in far away territories, perhaps in the hope that most will have forgotten the originals.

Here is a Danish article about Ralph Lauren’s take on Børge Mogensen’s classic chair no. 2224: