Month: February 2011

Daniel Morel reacts to World Press Photo win

Daniel Morel has received First Prize in the Spot News Stories category, as well as Second Prize in the Spot News Singles for his iconic images of the Haiti earthquake – the same images that appeared, more than one year ago, on Agence France Presse’s feed without authorisation and are now at the centre of an intense legal fight with Agence France Presse, Getty Images and other parties. [bjp_ad_slot] Speaking to BJP, Morel says: “My thoughts go to Haiti and all the victims of the earthquake and their families. It is a great honor to have received this recognition from my peers.” He adds: “Our role is important as independent photojournalist to tell the story as it is. I was there to document accurately this tremendous tragedy for future generations.” Aidan Sullivan, vice president of photo assignments for Getty Images and a member of this year’s World Press Photo jury, also praised the images. “They are very fine images,” he told BJP on Friday 11 February. “Legally, I couldn’t comment more – I judged the images put in …


Morel free to fight on in copyright case

On 12 January 2010, after a powerful earthquake wrecked havoc on Haiti, freelance photographer Daniel Morel spent most of the day photographing. That night, a friend helped him create a Twitter account and he posted 13 of the images he had taken. [bjp_ad_slot] Within hours, the “iconic images”, as they are now referred to, had appeared on Agence France Presse’s feed, without Morel’s permission, and went on to be used on the front pages of hundreds of newspapers around the world as a result. But when Morel wrote to AFP’s clients asking for the images to be removed, the wire agency hit the courts, accusing Morel of engaging in “an antagonistic assertion of rights”. Morel countersued, accusing AFP of distributing and selling his images without prior permission, as well as alleging that AFP had violated the Copyright Act of 1976, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Lanham Act. Morel also brought those claims against Getty Images, which has a worldwide distribution deal with AFP, CBS, ABC and CNN. AFP requested that Morel’s claims be …


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