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Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: hal
Date: July 28, 2016 02:01PM
[arstechnica.com]

A well-known American photographer has now sued Getty Images and other related companies—she claims they have been wrongly been selling copyright license for over 18,000 of her photos that she had already donated to the public for free, via the Library of Congress.

The photographer, Carol Highsmith, is widely considered to be a modern-day successor to her photographic idols, Frances Benjamin Johnston and Dorothea Lange, who were famous for capturing images of American life in the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively.

According to the suit, Getty and its affiliates have not only sold unauthorized licenses of Highsmith’s photos, but they have sent threatening letters to people that they believe have infringed the copyright.

One of those recipients was Highsmith’s own non-profit group, the This is America! Foundation. The copyright enforcement entity, License Compliance Services, demanded $120 in payment. LCS is believed to be connected to Getty Images, which has developed a reputation for aggressively pursuing claimed license fees over alleged afoul publication.

Highsmith then had a 27-minute phone call with LCS, where she explained that she was the author and that she found it baffling that she had to pay a license fee for a photograph that she not only took, but donated to the public.

Two days later, she got an e-mail from LCS, saying that it considered the matter “closed.” However, according to the suit, the photo in question remained on sale by LCS and Getty.
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Re: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: Uncle Wig
Date: July 28, 2016 02:08PM
Good for her. Getty is vile.



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Re: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: max
Date: July 28, 2016 02:46PM
In other words both Getty and LCS pirated the rights for the images....
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Re: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 28, 2016 02:58PM
There is CopyRight, and there is CopyWrong.
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Re: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: raz
Date: July 28, 2016 03:00PM
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max
In other words both Getty and LCS pirated the rights for the images....

I don't think 'pirated' is the right word here. 'Squatted' is closer.



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Re: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 28, 2016 03:34PM
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raz
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max
In other words both Getty and LCS pirated the rights for the images....

I don't think 'pirated' is the right word here. 'Squatted' is closer.

I think Pirated is perfect. Because they stole something and claimed rights to it.

"Take what you want, and give nothing back".
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Re: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 28, 2016 04:17PM
I hope she gets lots and lots and lots of $$$.



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Re: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: hal
Date: July 28, 2016 04:23PM
she's asking for $1B - yes, that's a 'B'...
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Re: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 28, 2016 05:18PM
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hal
she's asking for $1B - yes, that's a 'B'...

Seems reasonable.



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Re: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: jdc
Date: July 28, 2016 05:48PM
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Uncle Wig
Good for her. Getty is vile.

True that. They have gobbled up everyone else and everyone has suffered.

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Re: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: AllGold
Date: July 28, 2016 06:01PM
I was going to post this hal beat me to it.

Here is another story: [pdnpulse.pdnonline.com]

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“The defendants have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people,” she says in her claim. “[They] are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees…but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.”

Highsmith says she never abandoned her copyrights to the images.

And I love this part:

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She says in her lawsuit that she learned of Getty’s use of her images when she received a letter from the agency in December 2015, charging her with copyright infringement for the display of one of her own images on her website. Getty demanded that she pay for the use. She subsequently discovered that Getty was sending such demand letters to other users of her images, according to her lawsuit.

She says Getty has continued its “brazen and extortionate conduct” by continuing to threaten users of her images, despite her objections.

I doubt she will get $1 Billion, but I predict this is going to be very painful for Getty, and rightly so.



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Re: Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: July 28, 2016 09:19PM
So Getty was selling licenses to product they did not own and nobody thought it was strange that there was no payout to the image owner? I'm curious how much Getty and others took in and kept.



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