Thomas Maddrey: DEMYSTIFYING COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28th, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
As a photographer you own a copyright in each photo you take at the moment you take it. But what happens if you find your work being used without your consent in the future? To enforce your rights, you have to have your work registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, and if you have it registered before it is infringed, you have even more options. In this seminar, the General Counsel for the American Society of Media Photographers, Thomas Maddrey, will give you the basics of copyright protections, an introduction to registration, a step-by-step guide to registering your copyrights, and where to go to learn even more. Your copyrights are the single most valuable asset your photo business has — and registration is the key to unlocking this value.
Thomas Maddrey is General Counsel and Head of National Content & Education for the American Society of Media Photographers, one of the oldest and largest commercial photography associations in the country. Maddrey has a unique background: he was a professional commercial and fine art photographer who became an attorney and built a law firm specifically to serve the needs of content creators. His firm’s clients have included visual creators, fine artists, performing arts organizations, collectors, galleries, archives, museums, and other creative individuals and groups. Additionally, Maddrey regularly briefs the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts around the country on issues affecting creatives, with a focus on copyright and licensing issues. He holds a B.A. in commercial photography from the Brooks Institute, a business degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Copyright Alliance and the Dallas Opera, among others.