A federal court has rejected photographer Daniel Morel’s motion to recover $2.5 million in legal fees and costs that he says he incurred during his four-year copyright battle with Getty Images and AFP. After a jury trial in 2013, Morel won a $1.2 million award for unauthorized distribution by the two agencies of his images of the 2010 Haiti earthquake....
May 29, 2018
We’ve recently reported several news stories on copyright law: changes to the U.S. Copyright Office registration process; a court ruling on the too-common practices of embedding image links from third-party sites in news articles; a change in the way a search-engine giant displays images from third-party sites; plus the adaptation of blockchain, the cyber currency security tool, to track image... More »
April 16, 2018
Chinese search giant Baidu is jumping into the stock photography licensing market with a new blockchain-based photo service called Totem. According to the Totem website, the service will function a bit like U.S.-based service ImageRights and KodakOne. Photographers who own exclusive rights to images can submit them to Totem, have them inscribed in a blockchain and have Baidu’s artificial intelligence... More »
February 28, 2018
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected photographer Co Rentmeester’s copyright infringement claim against Nike, affirming a lower court decision that Nike’s famous “Jumpman” logo and the photograph on which that logo was based are not “substantially similar” to a photograph by Rentmeester. The decision was handed down yesterday. The case underscores one of the basic principles of copyright... More »