When is a public domain image not in the public domain? When you can be told you owe a license for it.
Carol Highsmith is a famous photographer who, for nearly the past 30 years, has dedicated her photos to the Library of Congress to be placed in the public domain. Imagine her surprise when a stock photo agency hit her with a demand letter over one of her own images that was also in the public domain.
Highsmith is suing Getty Images over this but the path of the case is not a clear one. Even worse, it could have a major impact on YouTube, with so many YouTubers dependent on public domain images, audio and video (myself included).
So let’s take a deep dive into this bizarre case and see what we find.
Original Complaint: https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/highsmith-v-getty-images.pdf
Amended Complaint: https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/S.D.N.Y.-16-cv-05924-dckt-000031_000-filed-2016-08-17.pdf
Getty’s Motion to Dismiss: https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Getty-Highsmith.pdf
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