As a lawyer, Mr. Osterreicher has been actively involved in such issues as: cameras in the courtroom, the federal shield law, media access, public photography, ag-gag legislation, anti-paparazzi statutes, drone photography, copyright, fair use and orphan works. He has helped to draft comments to the Copyright Office and written numerous articles on these subjects. He has helped draft revised photography guidelines for many law enforcement agencies nationwide and has also drafted updates for the New York State Bar Association Journalists’ Handbook. He has drafted letters resulting in successful opposition to many state bills limiting the right of the press and public to photograph and record.
On this episode I chat with Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, an organization of thousands of News photographers, videographers, editors, and students. Simply put, Mickey advocates for photographers rights. We discuss the many legal issues presenting the photographic community today from copyright infringement, the fair use defense, to First Amendment issues and all the recent arrests of journalists doing their jobs. We also talk about the terms of service of Facebook and Instagram along with the importance of knowing your cost of doing business. Mickey is a lawyer and a lawyer’s time is valuable, so we’ve really packed a lot into this hour-long podcast. So sit back, relax, and maybe get some editing done while listening to this week’s episode of the Photo Brigade podcast.
Also you can hear Mickey speak on an NPPA sponsored Free Speech Panel Discussion.