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Victor S. Perlman

Victor S. Perlman

Victor S. Perlman is general counsel and managing director of the American Society of Media Photographers.

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H.R. 5889: Logic Over Emotion Unpublished

12 October 2008 Published in Guest View

Two opposing views from photo experts on how Congress is attempting to address images with uncertain ownership

For all the upheaval that has shaken the photography industry in recent years, one of the more contentious issues is the management of so-called “orphan works” – those created compositions that have no discernible owner or definitive copyright information.

While everyone agrees that something must be decided to protect the copyright of archival images that are currently in legal limbo, consensus had yet to be reached at press time.