||Carolyn E. Wright is an attorney whose practice is aimed squarely at the needs of photographers and other copyright owners. Carolyn understands the special issues that confront both professional and amateur photographers alike.
A professional photographer herself, Carolyn has the credentials and the experience to protect your rights. Carolyn previously practiced law with the Atlanta law firms of King & Spalding, one of the top 50 firms in the nation, and Neely & Player for more than 10 years. She has represented major clients in multimillion dollar litigation, but now helps photographers with their careers. Carolyn also is the author of the “Photographer's Legal Guide" and she provides free legal information for photographers on her blog: www.photoattorney.com.
While her legal credentials are among the best in the business, Carolyn thinks it is important to keep ties with the photographic community. That’s why she maintains an active wildlife business at www.vividwildlife.com. Her photos are included in the recent photo book, "Captivating Wildlife - Images from the Top 10 Emerging Wildlife Photographers," by Scott Bourne and David Middleton. In addition, she is working on a photo book documenting the beauty and strength of wolves.
Carolyn also enjoys teaching, writing and speaking about photography. She is a regular leader of photography workshops, a moderator and columnist for www.Naturescapes.net (an online resource for nature photographers), and on the Advisory Council for the Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS) (www.useplus.org), a worldwide coalition to define and standardize the core aspects of image licensing and its management.
Education and Honors: Carolyn graduated from Emory University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. She earned an American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Writing, Research and Advocacy and was awarded second place in the Nathan Burkham Legal Writing Competition on Copyright. She was the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Executive Candidacy Editor for the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, and was selected the “most outstanding female law student.” Carolyn also graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor's of Science degree in music. She was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership honor society), was an Outstanding Young Woman of America and was awarded a four-year music scholarship.
Areas of Practice: Intellectual property, including copyright and trademark law, rights of privacy and publicity, contracts and licensing, general business and commercial law, and commercial and tort litigation.
Professional Associations and Memberships: North American Nature Photographers Association, Editorial Photographers, Women in Photography International (Charter Member), Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS) (Advisory Council), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) (Associate Member), the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.