Royal photographer sues US store for using his photo of Princess Diana
Glenn Harvey, a former photographer for the British Royal family, is suing a Tennessee men’s wear store for using a photograph of Princess Diana without a license. The store allegedly used one of Mr. Harvey’s photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales, to promote sales.
The lawsuit claims that Mr. Harvey took the photo in 1985. Interestingly, he only registered the photo with the Register of Copyrights about 30 years later, in 2019. While there is a huge gap in time between taking the photo and the actual registration, for me, it makes sense. Registering an image copyright has a few benefits. Not only makes copyright cases easier but also has a significant chance of increasing the final damages.
Mr. Harvey confirms that he did not give his permission to the store to use it. But still, according to the lawsuit, the store used the photo in three different places on its website.
According to Fox 17 News, Harvey hopes to settle the dispute in court. Interstingly, Mr Harvey does not ask for a specific dollar amount. Instead, He asks that the store pay his attorney’s fees and “anything else the court deems proper.”
Consider this: A recent copyright lawsuit landed a photographer a record-breaking six million dollars. That $400 coat may end up as the most expensive coat to advertise in the history of coats.
Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe