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Apple again sued over misuse of photograph

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Thu August 20, 2009

Apple photo rights lawsuit

Apple is once more being sued over the misuse of the same photo, says Dow Jones. Louis Psihoyos, a National Geographic photographer, specifically alleges that Apple has again infringed on the rights to an image called The Information Revolution, 500 Monitors (seen below), depicting a man surrounded by a curved wall of displays. The new incident is attributable to a third-party iPhone app, i.TV, which is claimed to use 500 Monitors without permission.

Psihoyos last sued Apple in 2007, noting that an image promoting the Apple TV bore a striking resemblance to his own. He in fact accused the company of bailing out of rights negotiations, and then carrying on with its marketing campaign regardless. In the new suit, filed through a US District Court in Manhattan, Psihoyos is calling for at least $2 million in damages.




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  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    Wait a minute...

    You can see something that looks just like this in a movie called "The Matrix: Revolutions" which was released 2 years prior to this guys Photograph.

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Wait a minute...

    Double post, it was actually the Matrix Reloaded

  1. scottrussell

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    why sue apple?

    Why would Apple be sued if i.TV is the infringing party? It's like suing a grocery store if you don't like Dorito's.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Where in i.TV?

    Anybody know? I can't find it but I don't use i.TV much.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: why sue apple

    Because Apple is the one distributing the work. You need to sue them to get them to pull it.

  1. fizzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Re: why sue apple

    Because i.TV doesn't have any money, and Apple's the one the guy has a grudge against.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Hum

    I believe the Truman Show movie had an image of something like that way before the photographer created his image.

  1. macboyrules

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    c***!

    Now that MacNN has used it for a news article, does that mean they are going to get sued as well? c***, now that I talked about it, does that mean I'm going to get sued too?

  1. psuescun

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Just to be anoying...

    Actually there are 510 monitors in the image. Can we sue the photographer for the misleading title? :D

  1. psuescun

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Correction... 501

    Sorry for the mistype: 501 monitors :D

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