Category: Copyright

  • AI Art Platform Hit With Copyright Lawsuit

    AI Art Platform Hit With Copyright Lawsuit

    AI Art Platform Hit With Copyright Lawsuit

    Getty Images says it is suing Stability AI, creator of Stable Diffusion, alleging intellectual property right infringement.

    via Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/794294/ai-art-platform-hit-with-copyright-lawsuit-getty-images/

    Getty Images says it is suing Stability AI, creator of Stable Diffusion, alleging intellectual property right infringement.

  • Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Warhol Copyright Case

    Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Warhol Copyright Case

    Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Warhol Copyright Case

    A lawsuit over how much Andy Warhol “transformed” Lynn Goldsmith’s photographs of Prince may change how courts look at art.

    via Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/769275/supreme-court-hears-arguments-in-andy-warhol-copyright-case/

    To make the image, Warhol was sent a portrait of Prince made a few years earlier by a photographer named Lynn Goldsmith

  • The Supreme Court’s Self-Conscious Take on Andy Warhol | The New Yorker

    The Supreme Court’s Self-Conscious Take on Andy Warhol

    The Supreme Court’s Self-Conscious Take on Andy Warhol

    In a copyright case, the Justices revealed their own anxieties about interpreting precedents.

    via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-supreme-courts-self-conscious-take-on-andy-warhol

    Whether the Prince Series is fair use turns on whether Warhol “transformed” the photo on which he relied—and the answer to that turns on what exactly “transformative” means

  • He’s Bigger Than Picasso on AI Platforms, and He Hates It

    He’s Bigger Than Picasso on AI Platforms, and He Hates It 

    He’s Bigger Than Picasso on AI Platforms, and He Hates It 

    The advent of AI generators has led to an avalanche of rip-off artworks that have used Grzegorz Rutkowski’s name as a prompt.

    via Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/766241/hes-bigger-than-picasso-on-ai-platforms-and-he-hates-it/

    The advent of AI generators has led to an avalanche of rip-off artworks that have used Grzegorz Rutkowski’s name as a prompt.

  • AI Image Generators Could Be the Next Frontier of Photo Copyright Theft | PetaPixel

    AI Image Generators Could Be the Next Frontier of Photo Copyright Theft

    AI Image Generators Could Be the Next Frontier of Photo Copyright Theft

    Will you even be able to tell your photo has been used?

    via PetaPixel: https://petapixel.com/2022/08/19/ai-image-generators-could-be-the-next-frontier-of-photo-copyright-theft/

    Now, the companies behind these technologies haven’t said as much, but to train these machines it doesn’t seem likely that millions of copyrighted images weren’t used to inform the AI’s learning.

  • Photographers Seek to Revive Lawsuit Against Instagram Over Embedding | PetaPixel

    Photographers Seek to Revive Lawsuit Against Instagram Over Embedding

    Photographers Seek to Revive Lawsuit Against Instagram Over Embedding

    The photographers want to succeed where they’ve failed previously.

    via PetaPixel: https://petapixel.com/2022/06/29/photographers-seek-to-revive-lawsuit-against-instagram-over-embedding/

    Hunley and Brauer are asking to overturn a California federal judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit alleging that Meta’s Instagram is liable for secondary infringement when third-party sites use Instagram’s embedding tool to display their photos and videos. They argue that this former ruling relied on an outdated test.

  • U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Critical ‘Fair Use’ Case Over Warhol Photo | PetaPixel

    U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Critical 'Fair Use' Case Over Warhol Photo

    U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Critical ‘Fair Use’ Case Over Warhol Photo

    The ultimate verdict will have major ramifications on fair use in the visual arts.

    via PetaPixel: https://petapixel.com/2022/03/28/u-s-supreme-court-to-hear-critical-fair-use-case-over-warhol-photo/

    Lynn Goldsmith is a famed photographer who is also a long-time American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) member. In 1984 Vanity Fair licensed one of Goldsmith’s photos of Prince that was shot in December of 1981 for $400 to create an illustration of Prince to be used in an article “Purple Fame.” Vanity Fair did not inform Goldsmith that the photo was being used by Warhol as a reference, and she did not see the article when it was initially published.

  • Instagram Users Can Now Prevent Others from Embedding Their Photos | PetaPixel

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    After a concerted effort by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Instagram has added a new option that will enable users to prevent others from embedding content they post to Instagram.

  • Photo Agency Argues Photojournalists Do Not Have Copyright Protections | PetaPixel

    https://petapixel.com/2021/07/12/photo-agency-argues-photojournalists-do-not-have-copyright-protections/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+petapixel+%28PetaPixel%29
    In a report from the Press Gazette, former photographer for AFP Francisco Leong — who started working for AFP in 2005 and left the agency in 2019 — is arguing that the contract he signed with the international news agency which gave copyrights to the agency and not the photographer was in violation of Portuguese law — specifically its Journalist Statue and Code of Copyright — which states that the ultimate rights to journalistic work even through the course of employment belong to the creator. As such, Leong argues that his contract is null and void and that the copyrights to the images should be returned to him.
  • Class Action Lawsuit Targets Instagram Photo Embedding | PetaPixel

    https://petapixel.com/2021/05/26/class-action-lawsuit-targets-instagram-photo-embedding/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+petapixel+%28PetaPixel%29
    In a report from Reuters, the complaint alleges that Instagram’s embedding tool allowed publishers to display copyrighted images without obtaining permission from artists or paying a licensing fee. The class-action lawsuit could include “many thousands” of photographers who claim Instagram “induced online publishers” to embed links to Instagram in order to drive traffic — and by association advertising revenue — to the site.
  • Photos Deserve the Digital Protections That Are Standard Elsewhere | PetaPixel

    https://petapixel.com/2021/05/07/photos-deserve-the-digital-protections-that-are-standard-elsewhere/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+petapixel+%28PetaPixel%29
    The fundamental mechanics of platforms like Instagram exploit and undermine photographers because photographers lack a unified voice with teeth like those that have secured rights for Musicians and Film Producers.
  • Lynn Goldsmith’s Victory Against the Warhol Foundation is Huge for Photographers – PhotoShelter Blog

    Lynn Goldsmith’s Victory Against the Warhol Foundation is Huge for Photographers
    Upon Prince’s death in 2016, the Warhol Foundation licensed the Prince Series for use in a Condé Nast tribute magazine, and one of the images was used on the cover. Goldsmith tried to extract a licensing fee, but the Foundation accused her of a “shake down” and filed a pre-emptive lawsuit in 2017. The suit sought a “declaratory judgment” that Warhol’s images didn’t infringe upon Goldsmith’s copyright and were “transformative or are otherwise protected by fair use.” Goldsmith countersued for infringement.
  • Photographer Wins Copyright Battle Over Warhol’s Use of Her Photo

    https://petapixel.com/2021/03/29/photographer-wins-copyright-battle-over-warhols-use-of-her-photo/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PetaPixel+%28PetaPixel%29
    A U.S. appeals court has ruled in favor of photographer Lynn Goldsmith in her copyright dispute over how Andy Warhol had used her portrait photo of Prince.
  • Photos of Slaves Are Property of Harvard, Not a Descendant, Judge Rules – The New York Times

    The judge acknowledged that the daguerreotypes had been taken under “horrific circumstances” but said that if the enslaved subjects, Renty and Delia, did not own the images when they were taken in 1850, then the woman who brought the lawsuit, Tamara Lanier, did not own them either.
  • Penn State Student Photojournalists at War with University Over ‘Predatory’ Copyright Contract

    https://petapixel.com/2020/12/29/penn-state-student-photojournalists-at-war-with-university-over-predatory-copyright-contract/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PetaPixel+%28PetaPixel%29
    The staff of the Penn State newspaper The Daily Collegian are currently battling a contract being forced upon them by school leadership, claiming it strips them of image ownership and takes advantage of their “volunteer worker” status.
  • Copyright Small Claims Has Arrived: Trump Signs CASE Act Into Law

    https://petapixel.com/2020/12/28/copyright-small-claims-has-arrived-trump-signs-case-act-into-law/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PetaPixel+%28PetaPixel%29
    Heads up, photographers: there has just been a monumental change to the way you can defend your copyrighted photos from infringement. A copyright small claims system has arrived in the United States to help you collect compensation from those who misuse your work.
  • LeBron James Slams Photog with $1M Countersuit in Copyright Fight

    https://petapixel.com/2020/12/26/lebron-james-slaps-photographer-with-1m-countersuit-in-copyright-fight/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PetaPixel+%28PetaPixel%29
    In December 2019, Los Angeles Lakers basketball superstar LeBron James posted a photo by courtside photographer Steve Mitchell to his Instagram and Facebook accounts without permission. That post has become the center of a raging copyright infringement legal battle.
  • 65 per cent of British creatives have had their work stolen, says Adobe report

    https://www.itsnicethat.com/news/adobe-content-authenticity-initiative-report-creative-industry-091220?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+itsnicethat%2FSlXC+%28It%27s+Nice+That%29
    The research, published as part of the brand’s Content Authenticity Initiative, also finds 75 per cent of creatives are concerned that fake images will cause people to believe misleading information.
  • Facebook is Testing a ‘Rights Manager’ Tool to Fight Photo Theft on Instagram

    https://petapixel.com/2020/09/21/facebook-is-testing-a-rights-manager-tool-to-fight-image-theft-on-instagram/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PetaPixel+%28PetaPixel%29
    “Today, we are introducing Rights Manager for Images, a new version of Rights Manager that uses image matching technology to help creators and publishers protect and manage their image content at scale,” reads the announcement. “To access Rights Manager, Page admins can submit an application for content they’ve created and want to protect. Rights Manager will find matching content on Facebook and Instagram.”
  • Google’s New Licensable Images Features Are Officially Out! – PhotoShelter Blog

    Google’s New Licensable Images Features Are Officially Out!
    Have you heard the news? Google Images released their new licensable images features earlier today, which will help photographers looking to improve the discovery of their content and potentially earn more.