Posts Tagged ‘Copyright infringement’

Quincy Jones Settles Copyright Claim with Photographer

Posted by on Wednesday February 27, 2013 | Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Music producer Quincy Jones and photographer Michael Donald Jones (aka Mike Jones Photography) have settled their dispute over the photographer’s claim of copyright infringement. Terms of the settlement were not announced. Mike Jones filed suit last year in a federal court in Los Angeles, alleging that Quincy Jones  provided a portrait without permission for use... More

Shepard Fairey Sentenced on Criminal Charge in ‘Hope” Poster Case

Posted by on Friday September 7, 2012 | Copyright/Legal, Photo Manipulation, Photos In The News

Artist Shepard Fairey was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and fined $25,000 today in a federal courtroom in Manhattan today for destroying documents, falsifying evidence “and other misconduct” in his civil litigation two years ago against the Associated Press (AP). He had faced a maximum of six months in jail. Fairey pled guilty... More

Google Changes Search Engine to Penalize Copyright Infringers

Posted by on Monday August 13, 2012 | Copyright/Legal

Starting this week, web sites that have received high numbers of removal notices for unauthorized use of copyrighted content will rank lower in Google’s search results, the search engine giant announced on its Inside Search blog on Friday. Because Google is the number one search engine, this could result in lower traffic for sites that... More

Self-Proclaimed Photo Montage Virtuoso Is Sued for Stealing Photos

Posted by on Monday August 13, 2012 | Copyright/Legal, Photo Manipulation

Muench Photography and Mountain Light Photography have filed a copyright infringement claim against a Las Vegas-based photomontage artist for unauthorized use of two of their photographs. The artist, Thomas Barbèy, creates surrealistic photomontages. According to his Tumblr page, he uses  images that he shoots on his travels all over the world. He claims inspiration from... More

Civil Rights Group Demands End to Use of Same-Sex Couple Photo in Anti-Gay Ad

Posted by on Thursday July 12, 2012 | Copyright/Legal, Photos In The News

When wedding photographer Kristina Hill learned that her engagement photo of a same-sex couple had been used without her permission in a political flyer attacking same-sex marriage, she told PDN she wasn’t sure she had the resources to pursue a long legal battle. Now Hill and her clients have an ally. Southern Poverty Law Center... More

The Most Tasteless Copyright Infringement Ever?

Posted by on Tuesday June 5, 2012 | Copyright/Legal

Copyright infringement is so commonplace these days, it’s hard to shock us, but this flyer posted around New York’s East Village managed to do it.  The flyers for Centaur Moving show copies of Don McCullin’s award-winning photo of a Turkish woman mourning her dead husband, killed in the civil war in Cyprus in 1964. What... More

Jim Marshall’s Estate Sues “Mr. Brainwash” and Google for Copyright Infringement

Posted by on Thursday April 26, 2012 | Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

The estate of iconic music photographer James “Jim” Marshall filed a copyright infringement claim against Thierry Guetta (aka Mr. Brainwash) and Google for the unauthorized use of his images for advertising purposes. The brief states that copies of Marshall’s photos were used as part of a promotion for Google Music, a new online music service,... More

Shepard Fairey Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges in AP Copyright Suit

Posted by on Friday February 24, 2012 | Copyright/Legal

Here’s a new installment in the long saga of AP’s copyright infringement suit against artist Shepard Fairey, creator of the Obama “Hope” poster. Fairey has plead guilty to a federal criminal charge for destroying documents, falsifying evidence “and other misconduct” in his civil litigation with Associated Press two years ago, the US District Attorney in... More

Snowboarding Photographer Labeled “Unstable” By CEO For Trying To Protect Copyright

Posted by on Friday July 23, 2010 | Business, Copyright/Legal

A snowboarding photographer battled a company for months trying to get them to acknowledge that they had used his photo without permission or payment. The photographer, Chris Messervey, has now published his months of correspondence with the company on his blog in hopes of getting satisfaction. Standard practice for snowboarding photographers is to accompany riders... More