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Pursuing Copyright Infringement is Now Cheaper and Easier for UK Photogs

Pursuing Copyright Infringement is Now Cheaper and Easier for UK Photogs copyright

Photographers based in the UK now have an easier and cheaper legal path to take if they discover someone infringing upon their copyrights. Chris Cheesman of Amateur Photographer writes that photographers can now receive do-it-yourself justice without having to hire a lawyer:

Intellectual property disputes can now be resolved using the ‘small claims track’ in the Patents County Court (PCC), following a Government announcement of a ‘simpler and easier’ system last month. Photographers can pursue damages for breach of copyright, for up to £5,000, without even appointing a solicitor, unlike before where they may have been put off by a potentially long, and expensive, legal fight.

Furthermore, the damages limit may rise to £10,000 under Ministry of Justice proposals, possibly as early as next year. Crucially, under the new system, photographers can avoid the prospect of a lengthy court battle and the fear of having to pay the legal fees of the successful party if they lose.

Apparently the US Government is currently looking into doing something similar.

Photo Copyright Boost Set to Open Online ‘Floodgates’ [Amateur Photographer via Photo.net]

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Pursuing Copyright Infringement is Now Cheaper and Easier for UK Photogs


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Woman Sues Best Buy Over Photos on Revenge Porn Site

MT. CLEMENS, Mich. — A woman sued Best Buy, alleging employees obtained explicit photos of her from her cell phone and posted them on UGotPosted.com, once again putting the revenge porn site under fire.

Identified only as Jane Doe, the plaintiff said that she dropped off her phone at Best Buy to be repaired on March 22 and picked it up five days later.

When Doe awoke on the morning of April 5, she said found she had 67 new friend requests. By the end of the day, the number of requests reached more than 300. A friend called the plaintiff and told her she was on the website UGotPosted.com, the complaint says.

“Plaintiff went to the website, where she found the six suggestive photographs of herself, including a nude photo of her breast, which had been on her phone,” the complaint says.

The website’s owners, Eric Chanson, his parents and Kevin Bollaert, were not charged as defendants in the case. UGotPosted is at the center of several unrelated lawsuits, including at least two allegations of distributing child pornography.

Doe claims that the photos exist only on her phone and that the Best Boy employees invaded her privacy to retrieve them. She has accused Best Buy of negligence for allowing them to do it.

Doe is seeking damages, stating that the incident caused her depression, embarrassment, anxiety and loss of earnings. She is being represented by attorney Scott Batey.

UGotPosted and similar websites generally profit through aggregation and distribution of sexually explicit photos of unwitting men and women sent in by ex-lovers.

The photos are often accompanied by the victim’s personal information and links to their social media pages. On UGotPosted, pictures are organized by state.

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