Agence France Presse v. Morel, a case that is currently in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, is all about social media. In particular, it is about Twitter and the extent of copyright ownership to the images that get posted and re-posted on Twitter through Twitpic. The case involves a photojournalist Morel who was one of the first to take pictures of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti and post them to his Twitpic account. The issue before the Court was whether Morel was due compensation and attribution for the use by major news organizations of the photographs he posted on Twitpic.
If you want to read the Court’s decision, you can find it here: http://dockets.justia.com/docket/new-york/nysdce/1:2010cv02730/360858/. This recent publication by Stephen Kramarsky of Dewey Pegno Kramarsky LLP provides a good summary of the case: http://www.dpklaw.com/c/publications/#post-466.
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