Richard Liebowitz is an attorney and photographer based in New York.
His passion is for protecting the rights of photographers whose work is taken and used without compensation. Richard Liebowitz works hard to fight for those who do not have a voice against the large media companies. Contact Richard with questions.
Richard Liebowitz, Esq.
Since 2015, Richard Liebowitz has focused on protecting the rights of victims. His dedication for advocating for photographers arose out of his own passion for photography.
Most copyright practices focus on large media companies and corporate clients.
Seeing the plight of many photographers – overworked and underpaid – he developed his practice, Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC, to fight for those whose rights are violated.
Richard Liebowitz's Commitment
Having been blessed to know so many talented photographers, and having been mentored by famed photographer Bruce Cotler, Richard Liebowitz came to realize at a young age the strong commitment and tremendous sacrifices made by these professionals. Richard has committed to fight for the rights of those abused by media companies, and give them a voice where previously they had none.
Fortunate to Know So Many
Who Include Me in Their Circle
I consider myself blessed to know and serve so many wonderful people in the photography community. I’m your advocate, your friend and your supporter. Thank you all for the wonderful work you bring us all!
– Richard Liebowitz
Questions Frequently Asked of Richard Liebowitz
Are You a Photographer?
Yes, absolutely! My passion for photography and the law came from my love of photography. I’ve been fortunate to have many wonderful mentors and have learned a tremendous amount about the industry from these professionals.
I have published my own photography as well, and continue to be an avid photographer.
Why are Photographer's Rights So Often Violated?
That is an excellent question, which likely ties to people’s misperceptions about the Internet.
Content posted on the Internet is not a “free for all” inviting anyone who sees your work to take it and use it. While sharing work online is important to the livelihood of most photographers (building recognition, sharing your work, etc.) that does not mean you waive your rights to your copyright (unless you choose to do so, for example, by specifically placing your work in the “public domain”, by publishing and explicitly granting others the right to republish your work, etc.)
If I Take a Photograph, Do I Own the Copyright?
In broad strokes, the creator of the work holds the copyright.
However, if you license that work to someone else, work under an employment agreement, perform a work-made-for-hire or enter into another arrangement, some or all of those rights may be with the other party. We need to assess all situations on a case-by-case basis.
Do I Need to Register by Copyright?
In the United States, copyright attaches automatically to work you create. However, if your work is registered with the Copyright Office, you may be entitled to receive statutory damages in the event of a copyright violation.
If I Do I Waive My Rights by Using Social Media?
Generally, no, you do not waive your rights to your work by sharing it on a social media platform. However, each platform has their own terms of service, and you need to be sure that you are not agreeing to assign them your copyright by publishing using their platform. If you have questions, please contact our copyright lawyers.