Photographer Wins Copyright Lawsuit

The NY Times Lens blog has this report of a Haitian photographer (Daniel Morel)’s victory in a copyright lawsuit for willful copyright infringement of 8 pictures Mr Morel took during the Haiti earthquake and published over social media. 4 years ago, Morel sued Agence France-Presse and Getty Images for copyright infringement. Mr Morel said he pursued his case “because someone had to fight for photographers.” Mickey Osterreicher, the National Press Photographers Association’s general counsel praised the jury verdict and damage award ($1.22 million) as a victory for “photographers’ rights in the era of social media.” “Like anything of value, people need to ask permission, give credit and pay fair compensation for those images,” he said. “And when they don’t, photographers need to be able to stand up for their rights.” And he added: “far too often we find that photographers don’t have the power to stand up to those that infringe with impunity. I hope that this sends a message, but in reality we need a cultural change so that once again photographs are valued.”

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