Bing Takes Small Step To Protect Photographers From Copyright Infringement; Improve Image Search

gettyIt appears internet search engine Bing and Getty Images have come a long way since Getty filed a lawsuit against Bing last year, accusing Bing of a “massive infringement”. Now, seven months later, the two have announced a partnership which both companies hope will provide Bing users with “image rich” content and internet browsing. In a press release relating to the partnership, Getty Images Senior VP of Business Development Craig Peters explained:

“With our new partnership, Microsoft will use Getty Images’ latest API innovations and our award-winning visual content to take search experiences to a new level. Our technology teams will work together to create beautiful, engaging applications and services for Microsoft users with licensed content and attribution for photographers and other content creators.”

Stemming from the partnership, Bing has also announced several improvements in the search engine’s image search capabilities. These improvements are aimed at raising awareness to copyright and Creative Common laws, with the hopes they will reduce infringement cases. [Read more…]

Garbage Responds To Photographer’s Open Letter After Being Denied Free Use Of His Photos

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(Photo by jareed)

We were all expecting Garbage to reply to the open letter photographer Pat Pope shared yesterday, after he received a request from the band’s management company to use some of his photos in a book for nothing more than “proper credit”. In Pope’s letter to the band, he explained why he felt photographers were just as entitled to payment for their work as musicians were, and asked the band if they, too, felt the same. Check out this story from yesterday to read Pope’s original letter.

Today, the band shared their own open letter to Pope on their Facebook page. You can read at length, here. [Read more…]

FAQ: So Your Company Has Been Found Using Alex’s Photographs Without Permission. What Next?

These are either Belizean Infringement Ants picking a poor photographer to death, or Belizean Lawyer Ants dismantling a copyright infringer. Take your pick

These are either Belizean Infringement Ants picking a poor photographer to death, or Belizean Lawyer Ants dismantling a copyright infringer. Take your pick

In August I hired ImageRights International, a reputable copyright enforcement agency, to assume the routine handling of commercial infringements of my professional work. There are a lot. Starting in September 2014, companies began receiving letters from ImageRights’ partner law firms seeking to resolve these infringements on my behalf.

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Nike Files to Dismiss Air Jordan Logo Copyright Lawsuit

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A lawsuit filed against Nike back in January claimed the Jumpman logo was infringing on the copyright of one of Jacobus Rentmeester’s images of MJ.

The company responded on Monday filing a motion to dismiss the lawsuit immediately, stating the photographer’s complaint “presents exactly the sort of meritless case that motions to dismiss are intended to address”.

Nike claims that its photo, on which the logo silhouette is based, and Rentmeester’s photo are not “virtually identical” as the law requires.

Another motion has been filed asking that the company be exempt from having to reveal details regarding the Jordan brand business.

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A Sheer Coincidence Spurs An Incredible Case Of Copyright Infringement On Facebook

scurr In 2006, Sarah Scurr was a still a student, studying abroad while working on a languages degree in Santiago. While on a visit to the nearby San Rafael Glacier, Scurr took the image you see above from the tour boat. Scurr had tucked the photo away until she moved to the UK several years later. Pleased with how her glacier photo came out, she entered into a contest hosted by The Telegraph. The photo made it into the final rounds and was considered by to be one of the top contenders. Scurr was pleased with the success of her image, but didn’t put much more thought into it as she carried about her life. [Read more…]

Adobe Has Filed A Lawsuit Against Forever 21 For Repeatedly Pirating Photoshop

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In a suit filed on January 28th in the California District Court, Adobe has accused the retail clothing company, Forever 21, with pirating software. Adobe alleges Forever 21 has illegally obtained 63 copies of various Adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Corel and Autodesk have also joined the lawsuit, citing Forever 21 has pirated copies of their software as well.

The piracy has apparently been an ongoing issue between Adobe and Forever 21. In the suit, Adobe states Forever 21, “continued their infringing activities even after being contacted by Adobe regarding the infringement.” It is not known exactly how the software company was able to track the incident; however, Adobe is in possession of specific registration numbers and dates corresponding to the allegedly pirated software. [Read more…]

What Photographers Need To Know About Nike Being Sued For Stealing The Air Jordan Logo

If you’ve been following the sports, economic or photography news, you’ve probably heard about the photographer suing Nike for violating the copyright of one of his Michael Jordan images, while creating the famous shoes and athletic clothing brand.

Obviously the lawsuit made headlines due to it involving one of the most powerful sports brands and the greatest player to have held a basketball. I mean, such violations occur on a daily basis. So strip the story of the big names, and aren’t we left with just another boring copyright case? Absolutely not, and that’s what I believe most photographers have been missing.

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Painter Found Guilty Of Plagiarism For Painting A Photo. Claims Format And Color Contrasts Are Different

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Side by side. Tuymans’ painting and Van Giel’s Photo.

A Belgian court has recently found Luc Tuymans’ painting of a local politician to be in breach of a photographer’s copyright.

The photographer whose photo was copied, Katrijn Van Giel, sued the painter leading to his conviction of plagiarism.

Originally sued for $57,000, Tuyman’s could end up paying over half a million Dollars if caught again.

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Photostealers, Please Take My Images Or Why It Sucks To Fight Copyright Infringements From Overseas

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This is a sad story about image thievery (again), and why I think it is so common on the internet. It is coming from a personal perspective, but I think there is much to be learned from it about how easy stealing images is nowadays and how (despite the law is on our side) it is sometimes very hard to fight. Being a photo stealing story, it  obviously starts with one of my images being “borrowed”. I was considering my options. Each and every article on the web says talk to a lawyer, so I did.  He basically said: You can’t do anything and you will never see any money.
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