March 2013

NEXT STEP: Copyright Infringement


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NEXT STEP: Copyright Infringement


You know what copyright is. You know someone has infringed on it. So now what? Send them a letter? An angry phone call? Find a lawyer? It is difficult to know when and even how to begin to pursue a copyright infringement case.

On March 28, APA|DC welcomes the experienced copyright attorneys from DunlapWeaver, who will lead a lively and informative program about the intersection of photography and intellectual property law.  The attorneys who will be speaking have literally pursued copyright infringement claims on behalf of copyright holders against thousands of individuals.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask questions and learn about copyright law, including methods to combat infringement, options once an infringement occurs, and reasonable expectations in cases of intellectual property dispute. Specific case studies will be used to illustrate points and concepts. We will also hear from a photographer who has been through the process and can talk about his  personal experiences. Licensing images to the government also involves its own unique issues. The attorneys will discuss these specific considerations as well as other copyright-related topics.

This presentation is intended to empower photographers to control and profit from their own intellectual property by demystifying the process of maintaining and protecting that copyright. Photographers, illustrators and artists in all genres who earn a living from their copyrighted work are welcome.



March 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. (Program begins at 7 pm and will run until 8:15pm. There will be time for questions afterwards.)


The West Penthouse
1301 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Closest Metro : McPherson (Orange and Blue) ; Farragut North (Red)


APA/ASMP/ASPP/WPOW/NPPA  –  $10 in advance / $15 at the door.
students  –  $10 in advance / $15 at the door.
General Public  –  $15 in advance / $20 at the door.


DunlapWeaver has achieved national recognition for its work defending the intellectual property rights of photographers, movie studios and other copyright holders against online infringement and illegal downloading. They have offices in Washington, DC, Leesburg and Richmond, Virginia,  and Naples, Florida.


Join APADC for a night of discussion about how creatives should handle copyright violations
Starts: 03/28/2013 06:30 pm
Ends: 03/28/2013
Duration: 2 hours:
1301 K Street Northwest
Washington, DC

A letter from Mike Olliver, outgoing chair. March 1, 2013.

Dear photo community and esteemed creatives: 

This year marks a turning point for our local chapter of APA DC. 

I’m very happy to report that effective March 1st, we’ll have a new Chairman. Matthew Rakola will head a new guard of energetic and dedicated board members, who are already hard at work on this year’s programs and community outreach.

I believe the chapter is well positioned to provide continued support for photographers, creatives, educators, and other artists who wish to participate within the photo community. This chapter was formed by some exceptional volunteers — giving selflessly of their time and dedication.

I feel the same about APA DC as I did when I joined the board in 2004 — happy to be a part of an exceptional organization, and excited about its future. I believe in APA and its mission. The nine years I’ve spent as a board member have been quite valuable to me, both from a personal and professional standpoint. There are many successful local photographers who are APA members, and I would love to see them give back to their community. We would welcome your contribution of time and expertise in support of our local board.

APA DC has created a schedule of recurring monthly events, which will give photographers and creatives a chance to collaborate, and build working relationships over the course of 2013. We will continue to heed the requests for both seminars and workshops geared toward success in the contemporary markets. And, of course, we are always looking for the most inspirational artists to come and present their work and success stories.

It has been my privilege to serve the photo community, and I am much richer for the experience. Thank you for your support, and many thanks to Matthew and our new board members for carrying the torch.

All the best, 

Mike Olliver


[Thumbnail Photo by Amie Chou]

March Featured Member: Mike Olliver

March Featured Member Mike Olliver

Interview and photos by Amie Chou


How many years have you been in photography?

I’ve been making my living from photography for almost 15 years.

How did you get started in this field?

Purely by chance. I was working at a post production facility, and my company asked me to take some stills during a video shoot — of the late Steve Irwin, “Crocodile Hunter.” There was another photographer, Steve Barrett, who had been hired by the client to do a portrait of Mr. Irwin. He and I started talking, and next thing I knew, I was taking longer lunch breaks to assist him on local shoots! I became increasingly smitten with the variety of assignments and flexible schedules, and within a year, Steve introduced me to Mike Langford, of Capital Color (a well-respected Q-lab specializing in E-6), and I began working there part-time. I was able to meet a lot of prospective clients (photographers) and began assisting a stable of photographers on a regular basis. This allowed me to jump full-time into assisting, and eventually, I was able to “cut the cord” and make the jump to full-time shooter.

Who are your photographic or artistic influences?

I couldn’t name anyone for you. My inspirational sources are constantly evolving. If we’re speaking of the formative years, it would be a very strange juxtaposition of National Geographic and Playboy Magazine. (Sorry, Mom!).

How long have you been in the area and what brought you here?

I originally came to DC in 1990, just after I graduated from college. A friend lived down here, and since I played guitar, he invited me to live in his basement, and join his band. I never intended to stay in the DC area, but ended up staying here until 2004, when my wife Linda and I moved to Baltimore.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing photographers in the metropolitan DC area?

I think it’s the same as it would be everywhere – a lower barrier to entry for the aspiring photographer, which creates a larger pool of photographers competing for a dwindling amount of decent jobs. We have the added problem of not being regarded as a production based area, so for bigger jobs, especially involving outside agencies, clients tend to look at our shooters last, even though the job may be in our back yard.

Can you define a specific “turning point” in your career? Read more

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