Posts Tagged Copyright infringement

Statute of Limitations, Limitations

A lot of people have been asking about the 3-year statute of limitation for filing an infringement lawsuit. It’s taken us a while, because legally, from experience in these matters, it’s not a simple answer. As most legal questions, this question contains many shades of grey, well beyond the popular 50 shades. We know, unfortunately, […]

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Sue Me? No, I’m Suing you!

An interesting graffiti case, filed under “We told you this can happen”, but not in the way expected. A lawyer representing graffiti artists contacted the Mercedes Benz company (also known as “Holy crap, how is Fred able to buy that Mercedes Benz on his crappy salary?!) about Mercedes Benz infringing on his client’s graffiti artwork. […]

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Big Mistakes Into Small Opportunities

The two of us love great quotes, like almost every quoted line in Young Frankenstein (what’s not to love). Here’s one by the great writer Henry James (1843 – 1916) that is not as famous as Igor’s “What hump?”, but probably more meaningful for this column – “She had an unequalled gift, usually pen in […]

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Looking (Not For Love) In All The Wrong Places

Companies that profess expertise in the ability to find instances of copyright infringement on the web are plentiful. You’ve all seen their ads and pitches. While rarely mentioning it or hiding it in the small print, they do charge for their services. But their real profit center is in a creator’s willingness to let such companies pursue […]

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Court Decision On Embedding Images

What follows is our attempt to explain – in plain English – the facts and possible consequences of a case which has received a tremendous amount of attention in the photo, advertising, social media and publishing communities.  We believe that the interest generated by this well-publicized decision is likely disproportionate to the effects, in any, […]

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The Buck Finally Stops, With A Cherry on Top, Yay!

Sorry for mixing bad idioms in the title, but we’re over the moon with a final decision on Andrew Paul Leonard’s lawsuit. We have done three articles on his 1.6 million dollar award for actual damages (only) in a copyright infringement case.  The links are at the end of this article if you wish to review […]

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Comment on Large Judgement

Hi all,  I just posted a comment on Petapixel on their thread regarding the recent $900,000 award won by a company named “Stepables”. I thought my comment might be of interest to you folks reading our blog. You can read about the case here on Petapixels and here on PDN. Below are my comments that […]

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The Highsmith vs Getty Saga Begins

Jerry Seinfield showed us that a TV show about nothing could be worth something, like more than 3 Billion (with a capital B) dollars. That’s the syndication revenue from 1995 to 2014 as referenced here. We now see a lawsuit, Carol M. Highsmith v. Getty Images (and others including Picscout which Getty owns) seeking one […]

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Infringers Feeling Their Feet Getting Warm

Readers of our columns and attendees at our seminars well know that A) theft of copyrighted images is rampant and B) you can do something about it. The effects of thousands of successful claims and lawsuits brought by photographers and illustrators against record companies, newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs etc., is having the deterrent value we predicted. […]

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Hip Hop Hop – Part 3

Now in the third and final installment of this 3 part series, we’ll demonstrate how musicians and their “people” use the basics of copyright law mixed with their intimate knowledge of how risk adverse photographers typically are, to attack photographers who have taken the offensive. In the real world when faced with the fire-power of a major or even […]

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