Copyright & Law

Has a Textbook Publisher Trampled Your Copyrights? There’s a Solution For That

November 10, 2014


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...

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