AFP Steals Photographers Haiti Images Then Sues Him - A Photo Editor

Ok, this one is strange but follow me for a moment because this could be a big case for photographers. Haitian Photographer Daniel Morel was in Port au Prince when the earthquake struck and captured some of the first images of the destruction that he then

Haitian Photographer Daniel Morel was in Port au Prince when the earthquake struck and captured some of the first images of the destruction that he then transmitted out. An amazing effort was made by Daniel to get the images out under the circumstances and he used Twitter to do it. APF (Agence France Presse) found the images after another twitter user stole them from Daniel’s account. APF download the images and distributed them with that other users name in the credit. The images appeared on newspapers world-wide.

Daniel Morel Sued by AFP for Aggressive Assertion of Rights | 100Eyes

Haitian Photographer sued by Agence France Presse (AFP) for “antagonistic assertion of rights” Award winning Haitian born photojournalist, Daniel Morel, has filed an answer and counterclaim to the French international wire service Agence France Presse’s lawsuit filed on March 26, 2010 in Manhattan federal district court. The French international wire service which distributes to approximately 110 countries, which provides text, photographs, videos and graphics to customers on a worldwide basis, asserts that Mr. Morel “has made demands that amount to an antagonistic assertion of rights in his photographs of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 at 4:54 p.m. taken in the hour immediately following the quake.

Showcase: This Isn’t Show Business – Daniel Morel on Haiti – Lens

That’s when I’m off to the street. Oooh. I didn’t know where I was. People were crazy, moving up and down. Looked like bombardment from cruise missile. People were panicked, really. They were all over the place. I started taking pictures. And I walk all the way to the end of the avenue. And I shot eight gigs of photos. I shot until the night.