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WHNPA General Membership Meeting - Nov. 29, 2012

Date: November 29, 2012

About 40 members of the WHNPA filled the WTTG Studio for a general membership meeting on November 29, 2012, to hear two experts speak about the timely subject of "copyright, privacy, appraisals and authenticity." The speakers were Ann Garfinkle, an attorney with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, and Charles Barry Goldstein, a certified member of the International Society of Appraisers. Both have counseled professional photographers an artists on all aspects of protecting their work.

Garfinkle stressed the importance of registering your copyright with the Library of Congress, and described the on-line procedures. He emphasized that by registering your work, you increase the chances of maximum monetary awards should there be litigation related to infringement -- even if you own the copyright.

Goldstein raised many insightful issues related to having work printed or reproduced by a third party. He said that there are statutes that under certain circumstances could pass the copyright to the vendor, and discussed procedures that protect the photographer.

A thirty-minute Q&A followed the discussions. Prior to the meeting President Sachs and volunteers sold off a healthy inventory of holiday goodies to members.

The program was organized by member Marshall H. Cohen, Program Chair, and was the second in a series of similar professional seminars in 2012.