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Getty Images Faces A $1 Billion Copyright Dispute

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 01:19 AM

Last week Carol Highsmith filed a copyright complaint against Getty Images after an agent threatened the photographer for using her own photograph without their permission. Highsmith discovered that Getty and Alamy were offering more than 18,000 of her other photographs on their websites. Highsmith had previously donated her images to the Library of Congress for public use but noted that Getty was misrepresenting them by stating that users must buy a copyright license from the company to use them.

“The Defendants are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees to people and organizations who were already authorized to reproduce and display the donated photographs for free, but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner and threatening individuals and companies with copyright infringement lawsuits that the Defendants could not actually lawfully pursue,” the complaint reads. However, both Getty and Alamy are more than capable of putting up an extremely spirited defense, especially when a billion dollars is on the table.



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Posted 09 August 2016 - 07:17 AM

This will certainly be an interesting case to follow. 

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 09:54 AM

Highsmith isn't the only one that's after them.  Zuma Press is, too:




Looks like Getty is playing fast and loose with copyrights.

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 12:36 PM

Get enough lawyers and any crime can become legal. My favorite along this line is John Fogarty of Creedence Clearwater being sued for sounding like himself because he lost control of his catalog years ago.  

Edited by zenwalk, 09 August 2016 - 12:36 PM.

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