A mobile app developer iHandy recently used a photo of Kim Kardashian to promote their “selfie beauty” app. It turned out that they made a rookie mistake and used the photo without her permission. In return, Kardashian filed a lawsuit, seeking more than $10,000,000 in damages.
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When celebrities get busted for posting someone’s image without permission or credit, they often overreact and take it out on the photographer. But this is not that kind of story, finally. New Zealand Rugby star Sonny Bill Williams recently shared a photo without photographer’s permission or credits. But when he got busted, he publicly apologized and set an example of how one is supposed to act when it happens.
A photo of David Lynch by Nadav Kander was recently published on the cover of UK magazine The Big Issue. It would certainly be fantastic if Kander had sold the photo or gave his permission to the magazine to use it. Instead, it appears that someone photographed his framed print at an exhibition. They posted it to Alamy, and The Big Issue bought it from there, cropped it and used it for the cover.
Back in June 2017, a photo of Donald Trump crashing a wedding at his golf course resort went viral. Jonathan Otto took the photo, shared it with a wedding guest, and it quickly got all over the internet – and ended up in the media. After Otto found it out, he filed a lawsuit. And recently, the court ruled that media using a snapshot from someone’s social network doesn’t constitute a fair use.
While watching popular Netflix show Stranger Things, photographer Sean R. Heavey had an unpleasant surprise. He thought that a giant storm cloud in one of the scenes looked familiar, and then he realized – it was one of his photos. Apparently, the creators of the show used his photo to create the scene, and the photographer says they didn’t ask him for the permission.
As it turned out, their website had a photo which was used without the photographer’s permission. When they realized it, they removed the image and issued both personal and public apology to the photographer.
In 1994, diver and photographer Carl Roessler captured ‘Maddened Attack’, an image of a shark taken off the southern coast of Australia. Four years later Apple Computers Inc. licensed the photograph to use during a presentation wherein Steve Jobs used the image to cheekily illustrate that Apple’s new PowerBook G3 laptop computer could eat the competition (shown in the video below just after the 9 minute mark).
Until now, there had been no issues with the usage and licensing of ‘Maddened Attack.’ However, prefacing one of the most climactic scenes of Universal Pictures’ new Steve Jobs biopic, the image makes an unwelcome appearance, as Steve Jobs, played by Michael Fassbender, humorously debates with a coworker what image of a shark should be used in the keynote presentation.[Read More…]
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.