Copyright/Legal

Jury Awards $900K in Marketing Photo Copyright Case

Posted by on Monday May 15, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

A federal jury in Maryland has awarded $900,000 in actual damages to an Oregon-based plant retailer for its claims against a competitor over unauthorized use of two dozen copyrighted images. The jury verdict, delivered last week, also included a $300,000 statutory damages award, but the plaintiff may elect one jury award or the other (not... More

Instagram Influencers Get Warning from Federal Trade Commission about Sponsored Content

Posted by on Friday April 28, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the government’s consumer protection agency, says it sent warning letters to 90 Instagram users and marketers, reminding them that sponsored Instagram posts must be clearly identified as sponsored or paid content. The FTC did not release the identities of the Instagram users it warned, but said they included “celebrities, athletes... More

Vivian Maier Estate Sues Jeffrey Goldstein for Copyright, Trademark Infringement

Posted by on Monday April 24, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

The Estate of Vivian Maier has sued collector Jeffrey Goldstein for copyright infringement and other claims, alleging unauthorized copying, exhibition and print sales of the late photographer’s work. The estate is seeking unspecified damages and lost profits for the alleged violations. According to the estate’s claim, Goldstein acquired approximately 2,000 vintage Maier prints, 20,000 of... More

Photog Jana Romanova Sues VICE for Copyright Infringement: Again.

Posted by on Friday March 31, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

An image by Romanova on the VICE website Motherboard.
An image by Romanova on the VICE website Motherboard.

For the second time in two months, Jana Romanova is suing VICE Media for the unauthorized use of a photo from her series “Waiting.” In a lawsuit filed March 13 in the Eastern District of New York, Romanova alleges that VICE infringed her copyright when it published a photo from her series on expectant parents... More

Photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa Found Guilty of Murder

Posted by on Thursday March 16, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

A court in South Africa has convicted photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa of the 2013 murder of Nokuphila Kumalo, 23, a sex worker, in a suburb of Cape Town, several South African newspapers have reported. Bail for Mthethwa, a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology who is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, was revoked while he... More

Jeff Koons Found Liable for Copyright Infringement. Again.

Posted by on Friday March 10, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

A French court has ordered appropriation artist Jeff Koons and contemporary art museum Centre Pompidou to pay €40,000 (about $46,000 US) for infringing the copyright of a photograph by the late French photographer Jean-François Bauret. The court decision was reported by Radio France Internationale (RFI). Bauret’s family sued Koons over a 1988 sculpture (shown at... More

Police Intimidation Watch: Mannie Garcia Gets $45,000 in Settlement with Maryland Police

Posted by on Thursday March 9, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

Photographer Mannie Garcia has won $45,000 to settle a claim against police in Montgomery County, Maryland for violation of his First Amendment rights in 2011. The claim stemmed from Garcia’s wrongful arrest for video recording and photographing the arrest of two other men outside a restaurant in Wheaton, Maryland. The settlement came just days before... More

U.S. Copyright Office Wants to Know if Your “Moral Rights” Were Violated

Posted by on Thursday March 2, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

Have your photographs been used without attribution and/or used in a context that violates your integrity as a photographer? If so, the United States Copyright Office wants to hear from you. The Office recently extended the comment period for its study of how current copyright law protects the “moral rights” of copyright holders. The copyright... More

Police Intimidation Watch: Six Journalists Charged with Felonies on Inauguration Day

Posted by on Wednesday January 25, 2017 | Copyright/Legal, Photojournalism

Six journalists, including a freelance photographer and a documentary producer, are facing felony rioting charges following their arrests while covering protests during the presidential inauguration, The Guardian has reported. If convicted, the journalists face up to ten years in jail and fines of up to $25,000. Journalists arrested at the January 20 protests in Washington,... More