Month: September 2010

AFP v. Morel: Judge reserves decision in AFP dismissal request

Last Friday, Judge Pauley of the Southern District Court of New York heard the first arguments in the long-awaited AFP v. Morel case. The case, launched by Agence France Presse, with Getty Images, the ABC and CBS television networks and CNN as co-defendants against the photographer, accuses Morel of engaging in “an antagonistic assertion of rights,” after he objected to the use by AFP of images he posted online on the TwitPic and Twitter services. The images were of the 12 January earthquake, which hit Haiti and killed more than 230,000 people. When the disaster hit, Morel was in Port-au-Prince. According to a counter-claim he filled against Agence France Presse, Morel spent most of that day photographying. And with the help of a friend, he created a Twitter account with the username “PhotoMorel” were he posted, through the TwitPic service, 13 images he had taken that day. The images were stolen by another Twitter user, Lisandro Suero, who allowed AFP to distribute them. However, according to Morel, AFP knew the images didn’t belong to Suero. Morel’s …

2013-12-11T12:23:55+00:00

AFP v. Morel: The debate rages on

As the Agence France Presse v. Morel legal case makes its way through the Southern Discrit Court of New York – oral arguments were heard on Friday 24 September – another debate is raging on online pitting a community of professional photographers against Jean-François Leroy, the director and co-founder of Visa Pour l’Image, the world’s largest annual photojournalism festival. At the heart of the debate are freelance photographer Daniel Morel’s actions. Morel was in Haiti when, on 12 January at 4.54pm, when “the most catastrophic earthquake in the Caribbean region in 200 years struck Haiti,” he says. The devastation would leave 230,000 people dead and 1.5m homeless. Morel, an established and award-winning photographer who used to work for Associated Press and since 2004 works as a freelance represented by Corbis, hit the streets to take pictures of the devastation. And, in the evening, with the help of a friend, he created a Twitter account and posted, on TwitPic, 13 images he had taken that day. TwitPic is an image-sharing website that links to Twitter while being …

2013-12-11T12:24:05+00:00

Court date set in Morel v. AFP case

The legal case between freelance photographer Daniel Morel and Agence France Presse is set to start this Friday 24 September, BJP has learnt. The case, launched by Agence France Presse against the photographer, accuses Morel of engaging in “an antagonistic assertion of rights,” after he objected to the use by AFP of images he posted online on the TwitPic and Twitter services. The images were of the 12 January earthquake, which hit Haiti and killed more than 230,000 people. When the disaster hit, Morel was in Port-au-Prince. According to a counter-claim he filled against Agence France Presse, Morel spent most of that day photographying. And with the help of a friend, he created a Twitter account with the usernqme “PhotoMorel” were he posted, through the TwitPic service, 13 images he had taken that day. TwitPic is an image-sharing website that links to Twitter while being legally independent from the micro-blogging website. The images attracted immediate attention, from news sources but also from one Twitter user named Lisandro Suero. The latter downloaded Morel’s images and uploaded …

2013-12-11T12:24:36+00:00

BJP Staff