In 2010, photojournalist Daniel Morel was working in Haiti when the devastating earthquake struck. He started shooting immediately and posted several photos to Twitter. Agence France-Press, a wire service, picked up eight of this images, transmitting them to their clients and passing them off to Getty Images, a photo agency.
However, neither AFP nor Getty had permission, so Morel has filed a copyright suit against the two companies. It took another minor turn this week as a federal trial court judge has decided that the infringers are jointly and not individually liable, according to a post on the National Press Photographers Association’s Advocacy blog.
This means there is only one defendant (a joined AFP and Getty) as opposed to two separate ones, which will limit the damages payable to Morel.