Posts Tagged ‘lawsuit’

Photographer Sues Rod Stewart for $2.5M for Recreating Her Photo of the Back of His Head

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We’ve heard of many lawsuits where an artist outright steals an image from a photographer — that can get pretty ugly — but what about an artist hiring another photographer to recreate an image that is pretty much identical to the one they wanted to use, but weren’t allowed to?

That’s the crux of a lawsuit between celebrity photographer Bonnie Schiffman and musician Rod Stewart, who, it seems, recreated an iconic photograph of Schiffman’s after she refused to let the artist use it. Read more…

Legal Battle Threatens to Pull Vivian Maier’s Work from the Public Eye for Years

It’s not unreasonable to expect that almost every person reading this has seen ‘nanny photographer’ Vivian Maier‘s work. Whether in galleries, online or in the much-talked-about documentary ‘Finding Vivian Maier,’ her photos have now made their way around the world many times over and she has been named one of the greats of 20th century photography.

But if you hold a deep appreciation for Maier’s work, we suggest you get your fill while you can, because a legal battle is threatening (and, in fact, succeeding) to pull Maier’s work from the public eye… potentially for years. Read more…

Getty Images Sues Microsoft Over Embeddable Image Widget, Cites ‘Incalculable Damages’

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A recently-released product by Microsoft that allows content creators to embed digital images on their websites is being called a “massive infringement” of copyright images in a lawsuit filed by Getty Images against the computer giant. Read more…

Man Arrested and Strip Searched After Taking Pictures of NYPD Stop and Frisk Wins $125K in Court

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More than two years after being arrested, injured and strip-searched after taking pictures of two NYPD police officers performing a stop and frisk, a Brooklyn man has been awarded a nice legal pay day to the tune of $125K. Read more…

Photographer David Slater Explains Why He’s Going After Wikimedia Over Monkey Selfie

David Slater, the photographer who is currently embroiled in an argument (and quite possibly, soon to be embroiled in a lawsuit) with Wikimedia over the famous ‘monkey selfie’ images, recently spoke to ITN to clarify his position on the whole ‘who owns the copyright’ argument. Read more…

Nikon Settles D600 Class Action Lawsuit by Offering D600 Owners Free D610s

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At least one of the class action lawsuits against Nikon about the sensor spec issue found on some D600 cameras has been settled, and settled in the best possible way for the users participating in this suit. Read more…

Wikimedia Stands Up for Monkey Photographer Rights, Refuses to Take Down Monkey Selfie

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The controversy surrounding the monkey selfies above, which were taken by an endangered crested black macaque using photographer David Slater‘s equipment, is heating up once again as Wikipedia parent Wikimedia refuses to remove the photo from its commons library, claiming that Slater does not own the copyright. Read more…

Graffiti Artist Sues Production Companies for $45K for Using His Tag in Their Show and Promo Materials

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The next time you want to photograph some cool graffiti, you might want to think twice… you could get sued by the artist if that picture makes it big.

After the popular Canadian drama 30 Vies aired, graffiti artist Alexandre Veilleux recognized a tag of his in the opening sequence. Now, Veilleux — who goes by Alex Scaner in the graffiti community — is seeking $45k in damages from Radio-Canada and Productions Aetios Inc., stating they used his work without permission. Read more…

ACLU Sues US Gov Over Program that Can Mark You as ‘Suspicious’ for Taking Photos in Public

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The American Civil Liberties Union is helping four individuals take the United States Government to court over something called the Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative.

The program has received wide criticism recently, led in large part by a photographer who made the FBI’s suspicious activity list for taking pictures of a piece of public art called the Rainbow Swash. Read more…

Satire Site Posts Article About a Girl Suing Instagram for $500M, and Everyone Runs It

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“This is a Satire Website. Fictional Stories Just for laughs.” That’s the line you’ll find if you scroll to the bottom of the ODGossip website. But when they posted that the subject of an embarrassing Meme was suing Instagram for $500 million, blogs and publications the world over went ahead and ran with it. Read more…