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Photographer Awarded $1.2 Million For Stolen TwitPic

Photographer Awarded $1.2 Million For Stolen TwitPic

A Manhattan jury awarded photographer Daniel Morel $1.2 million after deciding that Agence France-Presse and Getty Images willfully infringed upon his copyright.  Morel had tweeted a photograph he took after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  Later, Morel discovered that Agence Fance-Presse and Getty Images had distributed his photograph to major media outlets, which used it when reporting on the earthquake.  Morel was not credited and objected to the use of his photographs.  Originally, Agence France-Presse filed suit against Morel, seeking a ruling that it did not violate his copyright and that he was interfering with its business.

Victoria Geronimo

Victoria is a second year law student and staff member on the Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. She is interested in internet and First Amendment law.