Photographer Howard Schatz has filed a lawsuit in the Central District of California against Verizon Communications doing business as Yahoo.com, and Oath Inc. for copyright infringement.
The plaintiff alleges that the defendants is using its copyrighted photographs online without permission or a license.
The plaintiff alleges that the defendants willfully copied, reproduced, displayed, and distributed the infringing content which its own for financial benefit.
The plaintiff alleges that the defendants accessed the photographs by extracting it on the plaintiff’s website, social media accounts, other online sites, or in a print publication.
According to the plaintiff, the defendants have engaged in vicarious and contributory infringement because they knowingly infringed on the intellectual property of Schatz.
The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendants removed his copyright management information from the photographs and added false copyright management information to the subject photography.
The plaintiff reportedly said that the infringement has caused lots of damages, unfair competition and confusion.
Schatz is seeking a jury, permanent injunction from further infringement and for them to remove the subject photography from any of their publications either in print or online; an award for all of the defendants’ profits and his losses; an award for damages; to enter a constructive trust for any of the defendants’ revenues or proceeds; an award for costs and fees; and interest.
The case is ongoing.
Schatz v. Verizon Communications, Inc. et al
|Judge:||Mark C Scarsi|
|Court:||California Central District Court|
|Nature of Suit:||Copyright|
|Case Filed:||Oct 21, 2020|