Copyright/Legal

Photographer Sues VICE for Unauthorized Use of Expectant Couple

Posted by on Wednesday November 30, 2016 | Copyright/Legal

Photographer Jana Romanova has sued VICE Media for willful copyright infringement and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for publishing a photo from her “Waiting” series without permission. Romanova’s suit, filed in the Eastern District of New York on November 23, alleges that VICE violated her copyright when it published one of her... More

Court Dismisses $1 Billion Copyright Claim Against Getty

Posted by on Tuesday November 22, 2016 | Copyright/Legal

Three weeks after a federal judge gutted photographer Carol Highsmith’s $1 billion copyright claim against Getty Images, the two sides have ended their dispute with a settlement of the remaining claims. The terms of the settlement, over minor state law claims, were not disclosed. US District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff dismissed all of Highsmith’s... More

Getty Says Photog Shut the Door on Her $1B Copyright Claim

Posted by on Friday September 9, 2016 | Copyright/Legal

If you’ve put your images in the public domain, you’ve given up your right to sue for copyright violations in court. That’s the gist of Getty’s response to the $1 billion copyright claim that photographer Carol Highsmith filed in July. Getty filed its response to Highsmith’s claim on September 6. The stock photo agency is... More

Photog Seeks $1 Billion from Getty for Copyright Violations (Update)

Posted by on Wednesday July 27, 2016 | Copyright/Legal

Photographer Carol M. Highsmith has sued Getty Images for copyright violations under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), alleging “gross misuse” and false attribution of 18,755 of her photographs of Americana. She is seeking $1 billion in damages for the DMCA violations, an unusually high amount for any copyright claim. Getty and its subsidiaries are... More

“Deliberate Attack” Killed Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in Syria, Says Photographer Paul Conroy

Posted by on Tuesday July 12, 2016 | Copyright/Legal, Photojournalism

The sister of deceased American journalist Marie Colvin has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. district court in Washington D.C. against the state of Syria, alleging that Colvin was deliberately targeted for extrajudicial killing by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The 2012 artillery attack on a media center in Homs killed Colvin, 56,... More

Unfair Editorial Photo Contracts: VICE Wants “All of Photographer’s Rights”

Posted by on Tuesday June 28, 2016 | Business, Copyright/Legal

When we published our story “What Lawyers See When They Look at Editorial Photography Contracts” in the June issue of PDN, we asked readers to tell us about editorial contracts they feel are unfair to photographers. We received a copy of a “Vice Media Photographer Agreement” that a Vice website sent to a photographer earlier... More

FAA Releases Rules for Commercial and Media Drone Operation

Posted by on Thursday June 23, 2016 | Business, Copyright/Legal, Photo Gear

Yesterday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new set of rules for the use of drones in the United States for “non-hobby and non-recreational purposes,” i.e. commercial production and journalism. The rules introduce a certification process for drone pilots, address drone operation when people are present, and spell out when drone operators must clear... More

Getty Files Copyright Suit over Stolen Photo Scheme on Facebook

Posted by on Tuesday June 14, 2016 | Copyright/Legal

Getty Images has filed copyright infringement and other claims against an Ohio man who allegedly downloaded as many as 3,400 high resolution images from Getty’s servers without authorization, and then sold them illegally to unidentified buyers through a private Facebook group. Getty says in its claim against Walter A. Kowalczuk, filed June 8 in US... More