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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.  

If Rochester's "Big Three" are no longer the same, then it might surprise you to learn that patents and intellectual property remain big business. That was the case decades ago, when Kodak led the way in innovations. Today, intellectual property remains a regional economic asset. The Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association is marking 40 years of Inventor of the Year awards, and yes, Rochester is still inventing things. The man who invented the digital camera will lead our panel discussion:

  • Steve Sasson, inventor of the digital camera
  • Dominic P Ciminello, IP attorney, Lee & Hayes
  • Sean Lahman, database reporter, Democrat and Chronicle