Daniel Morel and the High Cost of Copyright Infringement Claims

The law firm largely responsible for helping photographer Daniel Morel win a $1.2 million jury award for copyright infringement—the maximum amount allowed by law—spent more than twice that amount to prosecute Morel’s case. And now, that law firm has to write off its costs as a loss. 

Getty, AFP Appeal $1.2 Million Jury Verdict in Daniel Morel Case | PDNPulse

Getty Images and Agence France-Presse (AFP) have asked a federal district court to undo the $1.2 million jury verdict against them for willful infringement of photographer Daniel Morel’s copyrights, calling the verdict “a miscarriage of justice.” In a bri

The award was the maximum amount of statutory damages possible under the law in the case, given that the jury found that both agencies infringed with willful intent.

After thoughts _ Morel, AFP, Getty

The Gods of copyright are satiated . With the recent judgement calling for AFP and Getty Images to disburse $1,2 million to Mr Morel  for copyright infringement, they have been offered reverence. Or have they ?

Haitian Photographer Wins Major U.S. Copyright Victory

In a victory for photographer rights, a New York court awarded Daniel Morel $1.2 million after finding two photo agencies improperly used his photos of Haiti’s earthquake.

All photographs by Dominic Bracco II/Prime/Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

AFP and Getty Images found liable for willful copyright infringement, Haitian photojournalist Daniel Morel wins maximum damages.

Gasps were heard in the courtroom as the trial of Daniel Morel vs. Agence France Presse (AFP) and Getty Images ended at the Thurgood Marshall US Court House in Manhattan with Morel being awarded $1.2m in damages, the maximum possible. Jury members said they were “outraged” by the behavior of both agencies. EPUK was there and reported daily from the eight-day trial.

Jury Awards Daniel Morel Full Extent of Law; Finds AFP, Getty Willful in Copyright Violation | Rangefinder

In a decision this afternoon, the jury on the Daniel Morel vs. Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Getty Images trial awarded the defendant, Daniel Morel, the maximum statutory damages entitled by the law–in the amount of $1.2 million—finding that the corporat

And the defense? “There was stone silence from the defense. [They were] dumbfounded—looked like a bomb went off!”

Jury Awards Daniel Morel $1.2 Million in Damages from AFP, Getty Images | PDNPulse

A jury has awarded photographer Daniel Morel $1.2 million in damages after deciding that Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Getty Images willfully violated his copyright. The award is the maximum amount of statutory damages possible under the law. AFP and Get

And the defense? “There was stone silence from the defense. [They were] dumbfounded—looked like a bomb went off!”

Agency Reputations at Stake in Historic Copyright Trial

Daniel Morel’s copyright theft case against photo agencies Agence France Presse (AFP) and Getty Images will begin on Tuesday November 12th, 2013 at the Thurgood Marshall US Court House in Manhattan, before Federal District Court Judge Alison Nathan. The stakes are high and EPUK will be in New York to follow the action.

AFP v Morel: Judge reconsiders potential damages

Agence France-Presse and Getty Images have asked a New York court to reconsider its decision to reject summary judgement in regards to the statutory damages freelance photographer Daniel Morel can claim. The request for reconsideration concerns whether 'M

Daniel Morel has been dealt a blow in his three-year-long legal battle against Agence France-Presse and Getty Images after a judge has reconsidered the amount of statutory damages the freelance photographer will be able to claim

AFP v Morel case to be judged in September

Three years after Daniel Morel entered litigation against Agence France-Presse and Getty Images over the unauthorised distribution of some of his images, a trial date has been set. On 16 September, a jury will be asked to rule on some of the outstanding c

The long-awaited trial by jury in the Agence France-Presse v Daniel Morel copyright case will start in September

Judge rules AFP and WaPo Infringed Photographers Copyright By Pulling Images From Twitter - A Photo Editor

Late on Monday a Manhattan judge ruled in the Daniel Morel case against AFP and the Washington Post that both news organizations infringed his copyright by republishing images that he posted to Twitter during the Haiti earthquake 2 years ago (download the

It’s still the wild west out there and it’s not going to be pretty, but photographers who experiment and defend their copyright should be applauded.

Agence France Presse vs Morel: Photo Agency Found Guilty Of Theft, Faces Million Dollar Bill

Away from the courtroom there’s also a comic sub-plot to be resolved, starring various figures who either absolved AFP of blame or actively defended the agency’s actions. Aside from the usual freetard nutters these included the National Press Photographer Association’s Mickey Osterreicher, photo blogger John Harrington and Visa Pour L’Image’s J-F Leroy.

AFP, Washington Post Violated Daniel Morel's Copyrights, Judge Rules | PDNPulse

A federal court has ruled that Agence France-Press violated photographer Daniel Morel’s copyrights by distributing his images of the 2010 Haiti earthquake without permission. The copyright infringement claims turned on whether the terms of service for Twi

But the court declined to rule on whether the infringement was willful. The court left the question of willfulness, which will determine how much in damages the defendants will have to pay to Morel, for a jury to decide.

Morel Releases More Evidence Against AFP, Getty in Copyright Case | PDNPulse

Photographer Daniel Morel, who had his exclusive Haiti earthquake images ripped off by Agence France-Presse and Getty more than two years ago, has released more evidence in his claim against the two wire services in his ongoing fight for justice. The new

A hearing on Morel’s motion for summary judgment is scheduled for July. The judge is unlikely to issue a decision before fall.

Agence France Presse vs Morel: “AFP Got Caught With A Hand In The Cookie Jar And Will Have To Pay”

It’s unlikely anyone will ever step forward to claim the credit for that particular piece of ingenious public relations, for it’s clear that AFP and Getty are already bracing themselves for a crushing defeat. Buried deep in their memorandum is a plea to the court that should it find in Morel’s favour, damages should be limited to a maximum of $240,000. That’s a far cry from previous ringing declarations that “in the end, we shall prevail”.

More than $120,000,000 at stake in AFP v. Morel case

"[Agence France-Presse got caught with a hand in the cookie jar and will have to pay." This statement, written in 2010 by an AFP photo desk editor, could become reality if a judge finds in favour of freelance photographer Daniel Morel in his two-year-long case against the French photo agency and its partner, Getty Images. Olivier Laurent reports

AFP v. Morel trial date set

CNN is the latest news organisation to settle its case against Daniel Morel, as the freelance photographer is set to face Agence France Presse and Getty Images in court this summer, BJP can confirm