Freelance Photographer Sues News Outlet for Copyright Infringement

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Earlier this week, a freelance photographer, Terray Sylvester (the Plaintiff), who is based in Michigan filed a lawsuit against Breitbart News for copyright infringement.

According to the suit, the Plaintiff alleged that he is the owner of a photograph taken of protesting students and the image was repeatedly used by the news outlet without his permission. As a result, the Plaintiff filed a suit at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

In his complaint, the Plaintiff stated that he captured a photograph in November 2015 while covering a student protest in Berkeley, California, and posted it on his Instagram page. He added that Breitbart News copied and pasted the copyrighted photograph on their website Breitbart.com as a featured image to various articles on their website without obtaining his permission.

“[The] Plaintiff is informed and believes that [the] Defendant, without the permission or consent of Plaintiff, has copied and used the Copyrighted Photograph. In doing so, Defendant violated Plaintiff’s exclusive rights of reproduction and distribution. Defendant’s actions constitute infringement of Plaintiff’s copyright and exclusive rights under copyright,” the complaint read.

Breitbart was founded in 2007 by the late Andrew Breitbart. It is currently run by Executive Chairman Stephen Bannon, who recently parted ways with the White House after serving as President Trump’s chief strategist.

The case is currently pending.

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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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