U.S. News | Award-winning U.S. Photographer Sues Pinterest Alleging Copyright Infringement

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Harold Davis, an award-winning photographer has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Pinterest, an online social media platform alleging that it knowingly made copyright-protected photos available to its users.

Davis alleges that Pinterest encourages the wholesale, unauthorized copying of photographs adding that copyright infringement is at the heart of how Pinterest works.

According to the complaint, Davis reportedly said Pinterest provides a place to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.

Davis reportedly said that ten of his photographs have been reproduced on the self-described virtual pinboard without his permission.

Davis reportedly that he originally uploaded the photos to Flickr, a photo-sharing website but Pinterest copied and pasted the photographs into emails sent to users from September through October this year.

Davis alleges that he never granted Pinterest a license to use his work, and that the platform did not qualify for safe harbour under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act thereby Pinterest violated his exclusive rights of reproduction and distribution.

Davis claimed that Pinterest provides a mechanism for people to violate the copyright rights of others.

Davis sued Pinterest for statutory damages for willful infringement of his copyright, as well as attorneys’ fees.

The Case is ongoing.

Davis v. Pinterest, Inc.

Court:California Central District Court
Case #: 3:19-cv-07650
Nature of Suit:Copyright
Cause:Copyright Infringement
Case Filed:November 20, 2019
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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