All posts tagged: AFP v Morel

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 …

2013-12-11T12:23:04+01:00

Morel to pursue legal case as AFP tries to settle

One month after Judge Pauley of the Southern District Court of New York heard the first arguments in the Agence France Presse v. Morel case, BJP has learnt that Morel has entered into “a confidential settlement agreement with ABC,” last Friday, Morel’s legal representative, Barbara Hoffman has confirmed. However, according to AFP, which contacted BJP through its lawyer, Morel has refused to settle with the news agency and its co-defendants – Getty Images, CNN and CBS. [bjp_ad_slot] The case, launched earlier this year by Agence France Presse, with Getty Images, the ABC and CBS television networks and CNN as co-defendants against the photographer, accused 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 …

2013-12-11T12:23:10+01:00

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. [bjp_ad_slot] 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 …

2013-12-11T12:23:55+01:00

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. [bjp_ad_slot] 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 …

2013-12-11T12:24:05+01:00

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. [bjp_ad_slot] 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 …

2013-12-11T12:24:36+01:00

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 …

2013-12-11T12:24:44+01:00

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 …

2013-12-11T12:24:59+01:00

Agence France Presse’s slap to photographers

On Monday, Agence France Presse filed a complaint in the United States District Court Southern District of 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. [bjp_ad_slot] At the heart of this case, which has prompted Morel to file a 66-page brief and 10 counterclaims, is the use, by news agencies, of social networking websites such as Twitter. However, in my opinion, this case highlights one major problem affecting the journalism world in particular: a blatant lack of respect for a photographer’s work and copyright.The Daniel Morel case – What happened? On 12 January at 4.54pm, Morel writes, “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, an established and award-winning photographer who used to work for Associated Press and since 2004 works as a freelance represented by Corbis, …

2013-12-11T12:25:06+01:00

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