There is always an uphill battle with photographers managing their images from people who want to use them in ways they were meant for. One photographer by the name of Carol Highsmith is doing something about it!
She first found out when she decided to use one of her own images on her own website. She'd gotten an email about a demand for payment for that photograph and that's when she realized what was happening.
$1 billion is quite a lot of money to source huge company like Getty for. Yeah they may have it but it's almost unheard of, but that's what Carol Highsmith is suing for.
She says that the huge image distribution company, Getty, has been selling licenses for 18,755 of her photos that she donated to the library of Congress in 1988. That would make it public domain content.
Carol insists that she never intended to give up her copyright ownership of the images but only to make them free to the public. Now, Getty is selling licenses for them.
As a photographer who has experienced image theft or otherwise known as copyright infringement, I hope that Carol will win this battle against the companies that feel that they can take images without consequence.
AllGetty isn't prepared to concede so easily. They plan to fight! We'll see what comes of it.