Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Photographer Tries Novel Legal Strategy To Get The University of Houston To Pay Up!

The service notified Jim Olive of Stockyard Photos in 2016 that the University of Houston's C.T. Bauer College of Business had used one of his aerial photos since 2012, according to his lawsuit. He sent the university a bill for $41,000, which included $16,000 for the frequent use of the photo and $25,000 [per the DMCA] for stripping off Olive's credit line when the university allegedly provided a copy to a national magazine for a story about the university's ranking. Within days, the University of Houston removed the photo from its website, according to court documents. In a August 2016 letter, the university offered to pay $2,500. When Olive threatened legal action, the university said it was immune from federal copyright lawsuits under the common law principle of sovereign immunity. READ THE FULL STORY

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