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Getty Images Loses Major Case Brought By Photographer Daniel Morel

To say that photo warehouse giant Getty Images just got a taste of its own medicine would be an understatement. In a 58-page decision issued on Jan. 14, Southern District on New York Judge Alison Nathan ruled that Getty, Agence France Presse (AFP), and The Washington Post infringed Morel’s copyrights by disseminating photos he took […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law General Intellectual Property Litigation

NY Court Rules Calling Someone “Extortionist” Is Not Defamatory

The then Mayor of the Village of Freeport was vindicated by the Second Department (a NY Appeals court covering Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, and parts of Upstate NY), for remarks he made in a public election debate during which he called the plaintiff, a commercial real estate developer, “an extortionist” who was “trying […]

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Copyright Law

NY Court Deals Huge Blow to Digital Image Companies by Invalidating Registration Method

In a decision that could have far-reaching implications for the licensors of digital images, Federal Judge Loretta Preska, the Chief Judge for the Southern District of New York, declared as improper and unenforceable the standard method for registering images by digital image warehouses like Corbis and Masterfile (the biggest of them Getty Images, does not […]

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Copyright Law

Caution: Your Website Images May Be Illegal!

One of the other websites I am associated with   extortionletterinfo.com,  is devoted to the issue of digital imagery on the web and the copyright attached to them.  A number of the world’s largest digital image warehouses, notably Getty Images, Masterfile and Corbis, have begun asserting claims for images controlled by them and used by […]