23 Nov 2013Tags:CopyrightAfp v. morel
Again- this journalist Olivier Laurent writes an amazing article: A three-year legal battle came to an end today when a jury found, after five hours of deliberations, in favour of photojournalist Daniel Morel after Agence France-Presse and Getty Images sourced and distributed images of the 2010 Haiti earthquake without his authorisation.
"Mr. Morel and his counsel are extremely grateful for the jury's careful evaluation of the evidence and the damages awards that they have rendered against Agence France-Presse and Getty Images for their conduct," Morel's counsels Joseph Baio and Emma James of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP tell BJP in an emailed statement. "Particularly satisfying to Mr. Morel are the jury's findings that these major agencies violated the DigitalMillennium Copyright Act and willfully violated the Copyright Act when they wrongfully downloaded, misidentified, and licensed his iconic images of the immediate aftermath of the catastrophic 2010 Haiti earthquake."Morel is set to receive more than $1.2m in damages for the wilful infringement of his copyright of eight photographs he took and uploaded to Twitter minutes after a powerful earthquake caused massive destruction to the Caribbean island.
Read more: http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/2308873/jury-finds-agence-france-presse-getty-images-guilty-of-wilful-copyright-infringement-awards-usd122m-to-photojournalist?WT.rss_f=Th&goback=%2Egde_125597_member_5810348878158925825#%21#ixzz2lgpZEEYl