A photo of a mysterious circle—possibly a WWII military outpost—in Africa. The image was one of several by George Steinmetz that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt allegedly reproduced beyond the usage license limits.
Photographers and stock photo agencies have filed dozens of lawsuits against textbook publishers in recent years, alleging reproductions of photos that far exceed the limits of usage licenses. Courts have ruled in favor of photographers in many of the cases. Robert Frerck, for instance, won a summary judgment this month on his copyright claims against Pearson Education, and won a...
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 »