Controversial Swedish Copyright Case Raises Question About Originality

Photographer, Jonas Lemberg, accused the painter, Markus Andersson, of abusing his copyright after the oil painter recreated his portrait of the famed Christer Pettersson with the brush adding only a goat to the background. The verdict now questions the understandings of the copyright law.

Will Google become good to image providers?

On 9 October 2017 a delegation made up of representatives of the photo industry met up in Berlin with representatives of Google. It was the second meeting face to face in five months and since 2013.

Google Images put to the test

If we are to foster continued growth in the images sector, we need the likes of Google to listen and help make changes so we can share in the value generated within the online marketplace.

Jack Monroe & Katie Hopkins

on 10 March 2017, Jack Monroe was awarded £24,000 in damages (plus costs) in respect of two tweets published by Katie Hopkins.

John’s Blog article on Google Images Search and what the Getty Images’ complaint at the European Commission

Jim Pickerell wrote an article on whether stopping images scraping would solve photographers’ problems. He recommended that photographers do a Google search for some of their best selling images. “If those images are never shown as part of the search returns” concludes Jim, “it may be a good indication that images in the Getty collection are being blocked in Google searches.” Jim was suggesting that Google would be blocking images in retaliation to Getty Images’ complaint … Here is John Balean’s answer to this.