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Copyright Law Litigation

Court Labels Attorney as “Copyright Troll” and Fines Him $10,000 Over Frivolous Case Involving Photograph

2018 has been a bad year for copyright infringement troll attorney Richard Liebowitz. He specializes in bringing hundreds of suits over the alleged infringing use of a digital photograph. In February, in the case of McDermott v. Monday, Monday LLC Southern District of NY Judge Denise Cote labeled him a “Copyright Troll” for filing over […]

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Intellectual Property

Getty Denies Knowing About French Lawyer’s Trolling on Its Behalf

Having waged literally thousands of battles against Getty Images’ copyright trolling program I was not surprised to see that they engaged a French law firm to attack US authors for alleged defamation in France. That’s what happened to a client of mine recently who has a blog that exposes, challenges and criticizes Getty Images’demand letter […]

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Constitutional Law Copyright Law Intellectual Property Litigation

Beware of Beautiful Hawaiian Beaches -You May Get Sued!

Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Capturing a breath-taking view of one really requires being in the right place at the right time. ¬†And no one has been in the right place at the right time more than Vincent Tylor (Note: Vincent Khoury Tylor is the father of Vincent Scott […]

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General

Lawyer Photoshops Herself Into Celeb Photos For Her Website -Bye Bye License!

The latest celebrity photo scandal does not involve nudity just stupidity. Svitlana Sangary is a Los Angeles-based attorney whose solo practice focuses on business litigation according to her website. A client who had a dispute with her reproted her to the California State Bar for ¬†allegedly photoshopping herself into over 50 pictures with A-list celebrities […]

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Copyright Law Intellectual Property Litigation

California Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Group Registration of Copyrights – Big Boon to Mass Photo Agencies

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a long-awaited decision in the case of Alaska Stock v. Houghton Mifflin that favors the “compilation” or “group” registration of digital images by large photo agencies. The decision, in its essence, states that provided the registrant owns the copyright in all of the images that make up the […]

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Copyright Law Intellectual Property

Beware of Getty Bearing Gifs – No typo, Its a Pun

Disclaimer: For the last seven years or so I have been representing businesses large and small who have received demand letters from Getty Images over the unlicensed use of their stock photography. I have also represented many business who have recently been sued over a smattering of lawsuits Getty has filed around the country this […]

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Copyright Law Intellectual Property

Who Owns The Rights to Ellen’s Famous Oscar Selfie?

The most re-tweeted image in history, Ellen Degeneres’ Oscar selfie is all over the internet and already the subject of countless memes. But who owns the rights to it under US Copyright Law? The answer to that is not entirely clear believe it or not. The reason why its not clear is because its not […]

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Copyright Law Intellectual Property

Lawsuit Over “Hot Convict”‘s Mug Shot Shows Various Rights Contained in a Photograph

Meagan Simmons was arrested on DUI charges in 2010. Her photogenic mug shot was posted to an arrest record database, and eventually found its way onto Internet image boards. There, it spawned a meme playing on Simmons’ looks and her status as an apparent inmate, which enjoyed dozens of iterations, some of which are shown […]

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Copyright Law Intellectual Property

UK Law Will Harm Photographer’s Rights

My friend Robert Krausankas of copyright-trolls.com sent me a link to an article about a new UK Copyright law that could have a devastating impact on photographers’ rights. The new Act(called the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act, which received Royal Assent) states that all “orphaned works” can be used for free by anyone. An orphaned […]