U.S. News | Alexander Bayonne Stross Sues Airbnb for Alleged Infringement of Photographer’s Copyrighted Work

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A photographer, Alexander Bayonne Stross has filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Airbnb Inc. and Dan Klores Communications LLC (DKC), alleging that the defendants used his copyrighted photographs in Airbnb advertisements without his consent or a license.

Alexander Bayonne Stross reportedly said that it owns the Stross Stock and has been copyrighted where the public can license his work.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants copied 10 of his copyrighted works from the internet in order to advertise, market and promote its business activities without permission or authorization.

According to Stross, copyright management information was applied to the works consisting of a copyright symbol, and his name, Alexander Stross, written in faint white writing at the bottom right corner of the images including the Modern Guesthouse.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendants allegedly removed Stross’s copyright management information from the works and further distributed these works to a media company, SFG Media Group through Dan Klores Communications LLC.

Plaintiff Stross reportedly said that two cease-and-desist letters were sent to Airbnb of its alleged infringement from April 2019. Airbnb responded on Aug. 14, 2020 stating that it would take down the works, however, on Nov. 6, 2020, the plaintiff again found his unauthorized works on Airbnb’s website and its Modern Guesthouse photograph was found again on Airbnb as of April 13, 2021, as well as on various blogs or websites.

The plaintiff is accusing the defendants of violating the Copyright Act via willful copyright infringement, removal of copyright management information, as well as vicarious and contributory copyright infringement.

The plaintiff seeks to preliminarily and permanently enjoin the defendants from further infringement; an award for damages, costs, and fees; pre- and post-judgment interest; and other relief.

The case is ongoing.

Stross v. Airbnb, Inc. et al

Judge: Joseph C Spero
Court: California Northern District Court
Case #: 3:21-cv-02886
Nature of Suit: Copyright 
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: Apr 21, 2021


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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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