NEW YORK, Nov 22 (Reuters) – A federal jury on Friday ordered two media companies to pay $1.2 million to a freelance photojournalist for their unauthorized use of photographs he posted to Twitter. — More.
When can news outlets use photos they find on Twitter? A $1.2 million jury awarded to a photographer over unauthorized use of photos from the Haiti earthquake is likely to give editors heartburn. — More.
In addition, Getty and AFP were also found to have violated a total of 16 counts (based on the eight images in question) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, for the amount of $400,000, according to Joseph Baio, Morel’s attorney. — More.
AFP obtained Morel’s eight photographs from the TwitPic account of a certain Lisandro Suero who had posted them on his own feed without crediting Morel or providing any restrictions on their use. — More.
The case is one of the first to address how images that individuals make available to the public through social media can be used by third parties for commercial purposes. — More.
The jury also said AFP and Getty had violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, for which they awarded Morel an additional $20,000. — More.
When I was at the KNS, I found it pretty easy just to ask permission to use a photo. I know, radical concept.