The trial of Daniel Morel vs. Agence France Presse and Getty Images is set to begin with jury selection on November 13 in New York. Dniel Morel, the well-known photojournalist, took dramatic, award-winning photographs in Haiti during the first moments following the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated his native country. “If you have looked at a newspaper article about Haiti over the past 25 years, the chances are excellent that you have seen the work of the photographer Daniel Morel” says James North. Morel was first inspired to become a photographer as a 13 year old after witnessing a public execution in Port au Prince and seeing the resulting photographs. “I thought that by being a photographer, I would learn not to be scared of anything,” he says. An AFP editor took many of Morel’s Haitian earthquake series photographs off the internet and distributed them through AFP’s “feed” and through Getty Images’ electronic distribution network and website. The photographs were ascribed to “Lisandro Suero,” who was in the Dominican Republic at the time of the earthquake, and credited to “AFP/Getty Images.” As a result, Mr. Morel’s misattributed images were sold to AFP and Getty Images customers around the world, frequently appearing on the front pages and websites of major newspapers and other publications. This January 14, Judge Nathan found that AFP and Getty Images violated the US Copyright Act and infringed Mr. Morel’s copyright when they took Mr. Morel’s photographs off the internet, misidentified them, added their own names to the credit lines, and licensed them to their world-wide clients — all without getting Mr. Morel’s permission. The jury in the upcoming trial will decide whether AFP and Getty Images acted “willfully” in their misuse of Mr. Morel’s photographs and in their mistreatment of him in the months following their infringements. Continue reading
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Robin Thicke and co-composers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris went to federal court in Los Angeles on August 15, seeking to preempt legal claims that “Blurred Lines” borrows too aggressively from late soul legend Marvin Gaye and the group Funkadelic. “Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic, and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists,” the Thicke suit states. “Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, Blurred Lines, copies ‘their’ compositions.” Named as defendants are members of Gaye’s family and a company called Bridgeport Music, which owns some of Funkadelic’s songs. The suit states that the Gaye family is complaining about similarities to “Got to Give It Up.” The Funkadelic song in question is “Sexy Ways.” The suit says “there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements.” Here’s a super basic mix of “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up.” What do you think? (via Business Week)
A New York City judge has sided with photographer Arne Svenson in a suit brought by a Tribeca family who were photographed in their home from across the street for his exhibit called The Neighbors. “While it makes the Fosters cringe to think that their private lives and images of their small children can find their way into the public forum of an art exhibition, there is no redress under the current laws of the state of New York,” Justice Eileen Rakower wrote. The Fosters sued to get possession of the pictures but Rakower ruled Thursday that Svenson had the right to take the photos and said she did not believe the case violated state civil rights law. “Art is considered free speech and is therefore protected by the First Amendment,” Rakower wrote. And honestly, the only reason the Foster’s identity was revealed was by their bringing a lawsuit; had they kept quiet, no one would have known it was them. Duh. (via The Daily News)
Here is the alleged piece that almost took Elmo down forever. His (and I use that pronoun loosely) name is Sheldon Stephens and he (again, loosely) is now 24 years old. Apparently Miss Sheldon has a rap sheet that consists of trying to pass bad checks, reckless driving, and robbery. We can see where his career is heading, can’t we? (via DListed)
The SalSoul Orchestra has decided to slap Queen Madonna with a lawsuit stemming from her 1990 smash hit “Vogue.” Now, you may be thinking, “Girl, why the hell did it take these tricks so long to sue her ass?” I will tell you. The SalSoul peeps said that the samples aren’t obvious and were only recently detected due to new technology that isolates and identifies sounds. The song in question is 1975′s “Chicago Bus Stop” and if you listen, you can totally hear it. They’re suing for copyright infringement and asking for unspecified damages. #TeamVogue #Butyouneedtopayforyoursamplesgirl
Meet Fabian Zanzi, the third man to come forward and join in on the John Travolta-touched-me bandwagon. Fabian is accusing John of accosting him in 2009 aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship where Fabian was working. Fabian said that Travolta offered him $12,000 to have sex with him and he refused. Marty Singer, this may not be as easy as you thought it would be, huh? Wanna read more? Check it out here.
Oooooo chile, shit be heating up! OK, so apparently many, many more men have stepped forward to join in or at the very least give testimony to Okorie Okorocha, the legal ace handling this Travolta groping lawsuit. Legal tiger Marty Singer, who is representing Travolta, keeps denying accusations, but hunty, when all is said and done, how are you going to say 85 men are all lying? One thing is for sure, Johnny boy does not like his hog to sweat, he likes his sheetless massages.
This is the best McD’s story yet. In our humble state of California, a woman named Shelly Lynn is suing McDonald’s for forcing her into becoming a literal ho. See, Shelly started working there in 1982 (yes, that says 82) and she claimed her wages were so low and the health benefits so inferior that she had to become a prostitute to survive and her boss became her pimp. She’s suing for lost wages, negligence, damages and even sex trafficking.