Protect Your Photography with Copyrighting

Athens Photography Guild Meeting

February 20th, 7:00-8:30 pm
APG Social 6:30 pm 

You’ve poured your heart and soul into making an image, how can you protect it? Or maybe you’re watching a friend grab images off the web for a project, how can you protect them? We’ll do a quick run through what copyright is, how it protects you, how to register your images and what rights you have to how your images are used (along with what rights your friend does not have). Am I a lawyer? No, nor have I played one on TV, but copyright protections are a fundamental issue to people who create works – you need to understand those protections.

Speaker Bio
Mark Johnson 
Senior Lecturer, Journalism
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Georgia

Mark teaches photojournalism, multimedia journalism, video journalism and graphic design courses in addition to serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a frequent speaker for the Georgia Press Association, National Press Photographers Association, and is on the visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute. He has also served as the Education Chair and an Interim Executive Director of the National Press Photographers Association.

Mr. Johnson has been a visual storyteller since the late 1980s, working as a stringer for the Associated Press and Agence-France Presse. He has spent time as a staff photographer at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribuneand MetroWest Daily News, as an assistant chief photographer for Community Newspapers Company, photo editor of the Utica Observer-Dispatch, and director of photography for SchoolSports Magazineand He holds two degrees: a B.S in Photojournalism and a M.S. in Photography from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.