On the day of the Haitian earthquake Daniel Morel, a professional photographer, posted images on Twitter. AFP and Getty then WILLFULLY infringed Daniel's copyright by incorrectly crediting another photographer, and then Getty Images sold these images to the world through their world wide distribution network. The courts made a landmark decision stating that just because they were posted on Twitter does not allow anyone to steal and profit from them. Daniel's copyright was infringed and he was awarded $150,000 per image for a total of 1.2 million dollars. Thanks to Daniel Morel and his entire team, for holding strong and putting your faith in the justice system. For more information read the coverage Jeremy Nicholl at www.epuk.org
Photographers and artists, know your rights, read agreements before posting on social media. And watch out for each other. If you see someone using an image by someone you know, tell them. They will do the same for you. Together we can stand strong.