Monday, November 25, 2013

UPDATE: Freelance Photog Wins $1.2m in Copyright Infringement Case

Parisian headquarters of Agence France-Presse
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A federal jury last Friday in the case of Agence France Presse et al. v. Morel (Case No. 10-cv-02730) awarded Haitian-born freelance photographer Daniel Morel $1.2 million damages in his copyright infringement suit against Agence France Presse and Getty Images, reported.

Morel had alleged that the defendants used without permission photos he had taken and posted on Twitter depicting devastation to his homeland after a 2010 earthquake. U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan last January granted, in part, a summary judgment motion in Morel's favor on his claim that Twitter's terms of service did not grant a license to the defendants to reproduce his images without his permission (see "TUOL" post 1/16/13).

Getty Images had distributed Morel's photos to numerous subscribers, including The Washington Post.

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