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Photographer wins $1.2 million from companies that took pictures off Twitter

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Nov
2013

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal jury on Friday ordered two media companies to pay $1.2 million to a freelance photojournalist for their unauthorized use of photographs he posted to Twitter. The jury found that Agence France-Presse and Getty Images willfully violated the Copyright Act when they used photos Daniel Morel took in his native Haiti after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people, Morel’s lawyer, Joseph Baio, said. “We believe that this is the first time that these defendants or any other major digital licensor of photography have been found liable for willful violations of the Copyright Act,” Baio said in an email. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, who presided over the trial, had ruled in January that the two companies were liable for infringement.

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