View Full Version : Bizarre Copyright Ruling In the UK
A judge has ruled that one photograph which is merely similar to another can infringe on that other pictures copyright.
Article here: http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/news/photographers_face_copyright_threat_after_shock_ru ling__news_311191.html
Since the pictures were for the purpose of product advertisement, I can see how there is an issue of theft of intellectual property. I doubt there would be a problem if the photos were only to be used or sold as photos, though, and not as commercial ads. But I'm no lawyer . . .:angel:
Before coming to any conclusions about this it's worth reading the full judgement. I don't think 'bizarre' is particularly apt in the circumstances.
There's a brief discussion on this topic here:
Odd, though, that is is presented as copyright rather than 'passing off'.
In Belgium we are waiting for the verdict where an ad bureau took/stole a Top 10 song changed some notes and arrangement and used it in an ad.
Ad bureaus are not afraid to take a shortcut and save some$$$
You can compare yourself, http://www.nieuwsblad.be/article/detail.aspx?articleid=9Q3ASG01
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