Charles Swan at UK based media law firm Swan Turton writes: Photographer Daniel Morel was awarded summary judgment last week in New York in his ongoing copyright infringement claim against Agence France Presse, Getty Images and the Washington Post. AFP and the Washington Post will have to pay him damages after using his tweeted photographs of the Haiti earthquake three years ago without a licence. Whether Getty is also liable remains to be determined. AFP and the Washington Post (and Getty, if ultimately found liable) might have to pay statutory damages of up to $1.2m, but not the tens of hundreds of millions of dollars Morel argued he was entitled to claim…..
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Earthquakes and other disasters: the Morel decision, eye witness photos on Twitter and the media