Copyright & Law

Appeals Court Upholds $1.6 Million Copyright Infringement Verdict

November 2, 2016

By David Walker

© Andrew Paul Leonard

One of Andrew Paul Leonard’s electron microscope photos of stem cells. A court found that because the images were rare and Leonard’s market for them was impacted by a nutritional company’s unauthorized use, his award for actual damages should be multiplied.

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...

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