Photography Expert Witness Professor Jeff Sedlik, Photo Copyright Expert Witnesses, Photography Business Consultant, Professional Negotiator, Litigation Support, Forensic Photographic Analysis. Find photography expert witnesses and forensic consulting litigation support experts.


Photography Expert Witness ProfessorJeff  Sedlik is a consultant and testifying forensic expert witness on all issues related to photography and imaging: Copyright, licensing, contracts, business practices, industry standards, stock photography, model releases, rights of privacy/publicity, metadata, evaluation of lost or damaged photographs and film, evaluation of photography assets, technical matters, forensic digital analysis, forensic photography, litigation support. Trained negotiator and mediator providing clients with dispute resolution services, and assisting clients in negotiating favorable settlements without litigation.

Photography Expert Witness, Photography technical, business, licensing and copyright consultant to attorneys, stock agencies, professional photographers, artists, artist representatives, publishers, software developers, advertising agencies, PR firms, graphic designers, law enforcement and other organizations engaged in production or use of photography.

Respected and acknowledged authority on all forms of commercial, editorial and stock photography and imaging. President & CEO, PLUS Coalition, the international licensing standards body for the photography and advertising industries. Past President, Advertising Photographers of America (APA). Chief Advisor on Licensing & Copyright, APA.  Professor of Photography, Art Center College of Design. Leading consultant, speaker, author on legal, business, and technical photography topics.

On-air personality, photographic analyst  and  digital technology commentator for television programs including Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition and others. Expert in identifying faked , altered and manipulated photographs. Featured in numerous publications, acknowledged as a pioneer in digital forensics, and the leading expert in the field.

Working professional advertising photographer with decades of experience at the highest level. Named 2005 Photography Industry Leader of the Year 2005 by International Photography Council. Named Photography Person of the Year, 2006, by Photo Media Magazine.

References and CV available upon request.

Photography Expert witnesses, legal analysts, forensic litigation support consultants/experts working with attorneys, lawyers, law firms, legal, insurance, legislative, judicial, regulatory, government, business decision makers and professionals. An expert witness for all your litigation needs.

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PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide technical "how to" advice on buying or using camera equipment or software, and we do not provide free legal advice or free business consulting.


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 Photography  and Copyright experts witnesses for  Photography and Copyright

Expert witness and consultant in photography, copyright infringement, other intellectual property issues, lost film and lost photographs, damaged film and damaged photographs, evaluation of photographs and photographic collections, valuation of photographs and photographic collections, model release, talent release and property release issues including right of publicity and right to privacy, forensic and qualitative analysis of digital and traditional photographs, images and other artwork, photographic manipulation detection and analysis, photography industry standards, trade practices, photography contracts and agreements related to advertising photography, editorial photography, corporate photography, portrait photography, stock photography, stock agencies and other genres in commercial photography and retail professional photography.

Expert witness reports and testimony provided in federal and state courts. Litigation consulting in matters involving photography used in publishing, merchandizing, licensing and all aspects of marketing, such as advertising, branding, publicity and public relations. Computation of actual damages, analysis of independent economic value, determination of causal nexus in relation to disgorged profits. Industry analysis and trend forecasting related to stock photography, commercial photography, business-to-business and business-to-consumer photography, including the professional, pro-sumer and consumer markets. Technical, marketing and business consultant to photographers, software developers, stock agencies, investors and corporations involved in the photography  and advertising industries. Dispute resolution services for parties facing potential litigation in photography related matters. Litigation support materials including large scale prints and digital exhibits for powerpoint and video presentations.

About Photography and the Law:
Photography is the process of making pictures by means of the action of light, typically using a camera, either using traditional (film and chemical) or digital processes. Photographs are also called "images," "photos" or "pictures." Copyright law establishes that photographs are intellectual property, and provides copyright owners with limited protections, while encouraging the creation of new works for the benefit of society. For a limited time, photography copyright owners enjoy exclusive legal rights in their photographs and may be  entitled to seek  remedies such as damages and injunctive relief in the event of a photography copyright infringement. Copyright registration and other factors may affect the extent to which an owner is entitled to seek remedies. The public has certain rights, including the right to fair use of photographs, throughout the copyright life of each photograph. Eventually, photographs enter the public domain, for use by and for the public.  Models or subjects pictured in photographs may have the right to control the use of their likenesses under right of publicity laws and right of privacy laws. By signing a model release, a model may grant certain rights allowing the use of the model's likeness in a photograph. Where original photographic film is lost or damaged, the film may be evaluated or appraised, and a value may be estimated, based on a number of factors, including industry standards for liquidated damages, as may be memorialized in photography contracts or agreements between professional photographers and their clients. In the event of a breach of contract, the damaged party may be entitled to remedies. A photography expert can analyze a photograph using forensic methods to determine the circumstances under which the photograph was made, and to reveal details of the photograph not visible to the naked eye. A photography expert may also use photographic equipment to conduct an analysis of a location, accident scene or crime scene, or to create simulations or reenactments. Photography experts can provide consultation and/or testimony or litigation support for attorneys, plaintiffs or defendants in photography litigation.

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