Jump to content

- - - - -

Lawsuit of illegal photo use nets 20k on 1k usage fee

  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 Drew


    The Controller

  • Video Expert
  • 10708 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:GPS is not reliable in South East Asian seas

Posted 28 September 2013 - 01:23 PM

Good news for those whose pictures have been stolen off the internets and used for commercial purposes.  If the initial invoice is met with a ridiculously low counter offer, taking them to court could net a big settlement for you!  This brings reason back to copyright in internet photographs!



"Journalism is what someone else does not want printed, everything else is public relations."

"I was born not knowing, and have only had a little time to change that here and there.

#2 decosnapper


    Manta Ray

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 446 posts

Posted 28 September 2013 - 11:06 PM

I would not get too excited. Most of the £20k will be swallowed up in legal fees I fear.

But there is some good news; this case, although it settled out of court, did have a preliminary judgement handed down. When it came to valuing the value of an image, the creator's valuation was accepted, and the defendant's derisory offer dismissed.

The judge also remarked on the technical challenge and exclusivity of access. I do not think it unreasonalbe to reason that Underwater images will fall into either or both.

This is useful as its now a case that can be referred to in others.

And I suspect the £20k is a thin end of a much bigger legal bill for the defendant. I'm speculating here, but the total bill may well be double and some.

It really is cheaper for all to seek permission first. Or settle quickly.
Simon Brown