David Strick, the photographer who last spring sued the Los Angeles Times and its parent, the Tribune Company, for more than 500 individual acts of copyright infringement, has suffered a setback in his battle to have the case tried in a Federal District Court, and Strick is in danger of seeing his case dismissed on a technicality. In April, the...
March 6, 2017
Congress will take another stab at copyright reform this year. The House Judiciary Committee proposed changes in December that include updating the U.S. Copyright Office, making it more independent of the Library of Congress, and establishing a copyright small claims “system.” “These policy proposals are not meant to be the final word on reform…but rather a starting point for further... More »
November 2, 2016
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has upheld a $1.6 million jury verdict for photographer Andrew Paul Leonard, who successfully sued nutritional supplement marketer Stemtech Health Sciences for copyright infringement. Leonard won the jury award in 2013 after a four-day trial in federal district court in Delaware. The award was for actual damages for 92 unauthorized uses of two colorized... More »
October 26, 2016
The web is awash with uncredited images. The tech startup Mediachain Labs is hoping to get photographers the credit they’re due. They’ve done this by ingesting a trove of images with Creative Commons licenses from over 30 image sharing platforms such as Flickr, along with the attribution found on those platforms. It then used neural network-powered content identification technology to de-duplicate... More »