Month: June 2010

JFL hits back at critics in AFP/Morel copyright case

Jean François Leroy, the co-founder and director of Visa Pour l’Image, the world’s largest photojournalism festival, maintains that freelance photographer Daniel Morel should never have put images of the Haitian earthquake’s aftermath on TwitPic, he tells BJP. [bjp_ad_slot] Last month, Leroy weighed in on the case pitting the photographer against Agence France Presse, which stands accused of breaching Morel’s copyright by distributing his images without his consent. In an exclusive interview with BJP, Leroy said: “Photographers have to accept their responsibilities. You can’t put your images on Twitter and not expect them to be taken up by others. In the span of a few hours, Morel’s images were on 300 sites. You don’t put images you think are worth $10,000 on Twitter.” The comments have attracted the attention of many photojournalists and bloggers (on A Photo Editor and The Russian Photos Blog, among others), with many accusing the festival’s director of siding with a large agency at the expense of photographers. However, in another interview with BJP conducted today, Leroy is adamant. “Anyone who puts images on Flickr or …


No Visa support for Morel in Haiti case

Last month, I wrote that Agence France Presse had filed a complaint in a United States District Court in New York against Haiti-based photographer Daniel Morel. Agence France Presse claims Morel engaged in an “antagonistic assertion of rights” after the photographer objected to the use by AFP of images he posted online of the Haitian earthquake of 12 January. At the heart of this case, which has prompted Morel to file a 66-page brief and 10 counterclaims, is the news agencies’ use of social networking websites such as Twitter. [bjp_ad_slot] Morel, an established and award-winning photographer who used to work for Associated Press and since 2004 works as a freelance represented by Corbis, was in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck on 12 January at 4.54pm. Morel writes in his counter-claim, “the most catastrophic earthquake in the Caribbean region in 200 years struck Haiti”. The devastation would leave 230,000 people dead and 1.5m homeless. Morel and an American journalist and friend, Eric Parker, “hit the street to obtain daylight shots” of the devastation. That evening, Morel …


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