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Connections: Making sure workers in the gig economy are compensated fairly

Jul 23, 2019

Photojournalist Alex Kormann captured a shot of pro golfer Alex Wolff after Wolff won his first tournament. Then the photo went viral, thanks to Nike. The problem, as Kormann sees it, is that Nike offered no photo credit, and no compensation for its use. And Kormann is hardly alone; photographers commonly find that their work has been used for Instagram posts, advertisements, and more.

We discuss who owes what in the online economy, and we discuss how to make sure we’re properly compensating workers – photographers, writers, and more. Our guests:

  • William Snyder, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and chair of the photojournalism program at RIT
  • Todd Bigelow, independent photographer   
  • David Miranda, intellectual property attorney with Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.