Judge rules on Twitter images copyright

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In a possible landmark ruling, District Judge Alison Nathan of Manhattan has issued a ruling that the two news companies had improperly used an image posted on Twitter and that the use constituted copyright infringement. Petapixel reports that photojournalist Daniel Morel had claimed copyright on an image taken during the Haitian earthquakes in 2010 that he had posted on his Twitter feed, and was subsequently used by Agence France-Presse and The Washington Post. The judge upheld his claim, dismissed the news agencies’ counter-claims but limited his claim for damages to the”number of photos used without permission.”

The case has implications for photographer’s rights, particularly with regard to images on social networking sites. (Image from Petapixel.)