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...
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 »