A Serbian non-profit Fruškać was recently ordered to pay over $1,000 for doing something most of us do daily. After they were tagged in a photo, they shared it on their Instagram Story straight from the original post. However, they were slammed with a lawsuit for it – and now they have to pay a fine. This case could have implications not only for photographers but all creatives and social media users. And not only in Serbia, but across the world.
Artists file a copyright lawsuit against Stable Diffusion and Midjourney
Three artists have filed a copyright lawsuit against the creators of Stable Diffusion, Midjourney, and DreamUp, DeviantArt’s AI image generator. Sarah Andersen, Kelly McKernan, Karla Ortiz, and their attorney claim that these programs have infringed the copyright of “millions of artists” by training their algorithm on their work without permission.
The Midjourney founder recently admitted to using “hundreds of millions of images” without their authors’ consent to train the image generator’s AI. And now, his company and the two others could face legal consequences.
Photo agency sues Twitter for $228.9 million over copyright infringement
Celebrity photo agency Backgrid has sued Twitter over copyright infringement after users uploaded thousands of its photos on the social media platform. Twitter reportedly received DMCA takedown notices, but failed to take action, and it also reportedly failed to sanction “repeat infringers.” Because of this, if Backgrid wins, Twitter will have to pay a whopping $228.9 million!
Photographer loses contest prize after another artist claims he’d taken the photo
Photographer Clancy Gebler Davies won the British Journal of Photography (BJP) Female in Focus Award last year. However, her winning sparked some controversy after another photographer accused her of, well, basically stealing the photo. He claimed that it was he who actually took the shot, and it resulted in the winning image being withdrawn from the Awards completely.
Chi Modu estate sues Universal Music Group for using a 2Pac photo without permission
Chi Modu captured some of the most iconic photos of the 1990s hip-hop stars. The late photographer’s estate recently got in another legal battle, this time against Universal Music Group (UMG).
UMG allegedly used one of Modu’s iconic images of Tupac Shakur in a 2019 blog post. The estate claims that the copyright info was removed and they’re now suing UMG for copyright infringement.
Notorious BIG estate thinks “parasite” photographers shouldn’t sell their photos of celebrities
Biggie Smalls estate (Notorious B.I.G., LLC) has filed a lawsuit against the wife of the famous hip hop photographer Chi Modu. According to Biggie’s estate, the late photographer’s wife should stop selling merchandise with the famous rapper photos. They claim it violates their right to publicity, even calling Chi Modu “a parasite.”
“Copyright troll” sues student newspaper after using Creative Commons photo
There’s a joke saying that the most common lie in the world is “I have read and understood Terms and Conditions.” Well, misunderstanding terms and conditions could cost a student newspaper team thousands of dollars.
A student media group reportedly used a photo from a popular Creative Commons website to illustrate their article. However, the photographer who took the image claims it was copyright infringement and is suing the newspaper for over $5,000.
Judge rules in favor of Pinterest after photographer sues them for copyright infringement
Pinterest is a place where we can find inspiration for all kinds of creative endeavors. For me, it’s usually seeing the picture, then clicking on it to read the article behind it and learn something new I can apply to my creative work.
However, a photographer from Princeton, New Jersey sued Pinterest over those photos pinned on people’s boards. He claimed that Pinterest shared over 50 of his photos without permission and sued them for copyright infringement. But the judge disagreed and ruled in favor of Pinterest in this unusual case.
Photographer files a lawsuit over iconic Pulp Fiction poster, court says he’s too late
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.
Photographer calls out TikToker Charli D’Amelio over “stealing his photos” for her book
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.
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