AP Apparently Less Concerned About Others' Copyrights; Sued For Infringing By Courtroom Artist

from the funny-how-that-works dept

Why is it always the case that the strongest defenders of copyright law seem to pop up in cases involving them being accused of violating the copyrights of others? The latest, as pointed out by Paul Alan Levy, is that a "famous" (in the right circles) courtroom sketch artist -- who has sketched people at many very famous trials, is now suing both the Associated Press and Getty Images for reselling her images without a license. The artist, Patricia Ann Lopez, who's been doing this for decades, says she always works as an independent contractor for publications and has made sure to always retain the copyrights. She does license her images regularly to news organizations, but that license doesn't include the right to then resell it. However, the Associated Press is apparently moving on and selling her images despite a lack of license.

Now, you may recall that the Associated Press is one of the more aggressive news-related organizations out there in screaming about the importance of protecting copyright. And, remember how ridiculously aggressive it's been in suing lots of people and companies over their usage of the Obama "Hope" poster images -- which were loosely based on an AP photograph. So it seems a bit ironic that the AP would then not properly clear the licenses, and then seek to profit directly from the copyrighted works of others... I guess, as we've seen before, when it comes to the copyrights of others the Associated Press has a very different standard...


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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), May 9th, 2011 @ 5:54pm

    About AP

    The Associated Press (“AP”) is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news and lawsuits from every corner of the world to all media platforms and courtrooms. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from the AP, whether they want to or not. The other half uses Google News or webscrapers.

    Founded in 1846, the AP today is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering (or "aggregating," in layman's terms) and unauthorized re-licensing. The AP considers itself to be the backbone of the world’s information system and a world leader in double standards, serving thousands of daily newspaper, radio, television, and online customers with DMCA takedown notices involving text, photos, graphics, audio and video.

    The AP: 49 Pulitzers. A million lawyers. Zero common sense.

    http://www.ap.org/pages/about/about.html

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2011 @ 6:16pm

    I'm awaiting to hear that the DHS is seizing associatedcontent.com. After all, they are illegally selling copyrighted material they have no right to sell. Surely the DHS and Justice Department will be swooping in any minute. Yup. Very soon. Is that them now? No? Well, I'm sure we'll be hearing about it soon.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2011 @ 6:19pm

    but but but piracy?

    um er... laws are only for corporations, you little people get off our lawn.

     

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    Thomas (profile), May 9th, 2011 @ 6:40pm

    Content..

    creators like AP really only care about people copying their work. When they copy other people's work they consider it fair use.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2011 @ 9:07pm

    Re:

    "Four laws good, two laws bad!" - Lawyer Farm

     

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    abc gum, May 10th, 2011 @ 4:51am

    Re: Content..

    Clearly, the AP does not create all they publish

     

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    DannyB (profile), May 10th, 2011 @ 6:54am

    Re: Content..

    Some copying is more equal than other copying.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2011 @ 8:41am

    "Why is it always the case that the strongest defenders of copyright law seem to pop up in cases involving them being accused of violating the copyrights of others?..."

    It's not always the case; the delusion is caused by blogger bias.

     

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