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Infringement Law enforcement and finding the lost infringer, night photography

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The law enforcement agencies that you will be dealing with are really dictated by the kind of crime you suffered from. It is pretty simple really. Remember that copying electronic files and not taking a hard copy is considered copyright infringement and those rules apply. Some states have started considering it as a possible state crime also.

The basic group you will deal with is the FBI as this is a federal crime not a local or state crime. If they took a hard copy like a disk or hard drive it is a crime period. Again it is a federal crime not a state issue. If they took the information off a computer that is used for commercial use, a hard drive or even a cd it is now a theft of physical property and will be covered under several other laws including the NET Act. That stands for the No Electronic Theft Act. If the did take hard copies or the originals that is covered by the US Secret Service. Cases may involve both agencies. If they crossed state lines with them it makes it much worse and can bring in several more agencies. Not all of them need to be involved but some will more than likely work to recover the images and prosecute the person who took the images. It is most likely they will cut a deal with whatever agency is involved to stay out of jail, pay a fine and go on probation but it is a felony in most cases. Some say online that it never happens. If you read here much you will have read about the ones it does.

As far as Canada is concerned, I have not information on that process and will not comment on it. I will say in the US it is not hard to get information about people using the US Mail service, DMV records as driver’s license numbers are public record. They may remove some information about the person but with a court supplied subpoena the whole record becomes available just like other records. If you have personal information you can usually get the necessary information at some point.

It is my understanding that in some cases you can actually put a public notice in the paper prior to the lawsuit being filed. You may have some restrictions on what you can say but that will vary depending on location. As I said, I am not familiar with Canadian law. I personally see no reason not to do that in most cases. They would have to contact you to get removed. You may hear from an attorney but isn’t that what you want anyway? You only have to run the ad for a few times. The US mail will give you address corrections, forwarding addresses and other information quickly and easily. If you do all this and do not hear from them you probably qualify for a default judgment and then the serious search for assets starts.

I will write an article on late night time photography or more likely titled shooting after dark. As far as the ISO range on the cameras it is important but not as much as some think. It is really nice to have the ability to shoot without a tripod and release but it is not necessary. I will post a slideshow on images shot in the dark with some housing lights around. The slideshow will probably be two parts with the first addressing the ISO question. The camera will be a Nikon D700 with a high end ISO of 25600. Yes that is high especially when you use it with a low light lens. I think you find it interesting. As stated before most of this and the more detailed items are listed or will be listed on Studio 1 The Magazine. It is being redone and with that some of the new articles will be offline until it is done.

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year, I know some do not like that but this country was founded on freedom of religion, free speech and freedom of the press. I guess you can say what you want, think what you want, but guess what so can I.

I am not an attorney. These are my personal opinions and general information only. These are not legal advice and should not be used as such.

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