Instagram has announced today that they are allowing the option for users to prevent the embedding of images on third party articles and blog posts. The ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) spearheaded the 9-month long campaign who tout it as a win for photographers and visual creators on Instagram.
Firooz Zahedi, the photographer behind the iconic Pulp Fiction movie poster, filed a lawsuit against Miramax. He claims that the company broke the contract by using his image on a bunch of consumer products, but he was too late. The court rejected the suit alleging that he was too late to file it.
Actress Lisa Rinna has found herself embroiled in a lawsuit with the representatives of a paparazzi photographer after using the images on her Instagram feed without the photographer’s permission. Rinna has said that she always saw the relationship with the paparazzi as “symbiotic” and never restricted access to them to take photographs of her and her family, the Days of Our Lives actress told the LA Times.
She continues “It was part of the game if you’re going to be in this business. I’ve been nice, I’ve never fought with them, I’ve never run from them. My kids grew up with them jumping out of the bushes in Malibu. We’ve had a very good relationship with the press and the paparazzi. That’s why this is so shocking to me.”
A super-star of TikTok, Charli D’Amelio, published her first book in December last year. However, it looks like some photos in it were used without the photographer’s permission. In a series of tweets and a video, photographer Jake Doolittle accused the young dancer’s team of using photos without his permission and without any compensation.
If you share a video on social media and it contains someone else’s copyrighted work, you’re bound to get a claim from the content owner. But what happens when you get it for your own work? This weird thing happened to filmmaker Philip Bloom when he shared his video of the full moon. It got removed because, apparently, videos of the moon were copyrighted to Universal Music Group. Wait, what?
If you’re using Ancestry.com and you’ve uploaded some family photos and documents there –now might be a good time to take them down. The website that helps you discover your family history has just helped itself with rights to all your photos. Its recently updated Terms and Conditions allow Ancestry to use your photos in whichever way it pleases, forever.
Renowned nature photographer Paul Nicklen has won a copyright lawsuit against the Sinclair Broadcast Group. He posted a video on his Instagram, which Sinclair embedded on its website along with a screenshot without asking for permission first. Nicklen sued and won the case that could have implications for all photographers and videographers.
English pop star Dua Lipa was recently sued for sharing a photo of herself on Instagram. Like many other celebrities before her, she shared a paparazzi photo without permission or at least credits. In return, the photographer’s agency sued her, seeking $150,000 in damages.
There’s a big myth out there that if you “alter” a portion of an image, the image is longer subject to copyright laws. Crop it down, scale it, change its colour, modify a few pixels here and there and you can claim “transformative” under Fair Use… Right? Wrong, as games creator Capcom is finding out after they were hit with a $12,000,000 lawsuit.
Polygon reports that the suit was filed by designer Judy A. Juracek who alleges that Capcom has used photos from her copyrighted book, Surfaces, in a number of games, including Resident Evil 4, Devil May Cry and other games. Surfaces is a collection of photographs of more than 1,200 textures, designed as a “visual research” reference for artists.