A federal court in New York has ruled that Agence France-Presse (AFP) violated photographer Daniel Morel’s copyrights by distributing his images of the 2010 Haiti earthquake without permission. The copyright infringement claims turned on whether the terms of service for Twitter, the social network that Morel used to distribute his images of the earthquake, gave AFP the legal right to...
June 13, 2017
Photographers don’t need to be reminded how pervasive image theft is online, but a new study from CopyTrack shines light on the types of images being scooped up by photo thieves. Evaluating a pool of 50,000 image theft claims submitted to the CopyTrack system from April 2016 – April 2017, the company found the above image of a cup of... More »
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 »