The jury is expected to announce its verdict today in the trial to determine damages in the copyright infringement case photographer Daniel Morel brought against Agence France-Presse and Getty Images, following yesterday’s closing arguments by lawyers for all sides in the case.
The case began when Morel alerted AFP and Getty Images that they were distributing his exclusive images of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti without his permission. The images were published and broadcast by many news outlets. Morel did not receive payment for the almost 1,000 downloads of his images licensed by Getty and AFP, according to his attorney, Joseph Baio.
Morel sued the agencies for infringement. Federal District Court Judge Alison Nathan ruled in January that AFP and The Washington Post, which published images distributed by Getty, were liable for infringement. The trial to determine damages began November 13 in Judge Nathan’s courtroom in Manhattan.
Lindsay Comstock of Rangefinder covered the closing arguments yesterday (and also spoke to Morel during a break in the proceedings about his stance against the two media giants).
As Comstock notes in her report of the day in court, the lawyers for both AFP and Getty urged the jury to award damages based on the notion that the corporations “made mistakes” in their sale of the images.
You can read her full report of the closing arguments and see images Morel provided at the Rangefinder blog, PhotoForward.