U.S. News | Photojournalist Alleges Website Used ‘Jessica Jones’ Photographs without License

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Late last month, Steven Sands, a New York professional photojournalist filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against ScienceFiction.com LLC, a Woodland Hills-based website operator alleging copyright infringement.

The plaintiff accused the Woodland Hills-based website operator of publishing photos taken on a TV set during Netflix TV show “Jessica Jones” and published in July 2015 without permission and authorship credit.

The plaintiff is a photojournalist who personally shot photographs on the show which were published under license by Getty Images in 2015.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order for defendant to remove the photographs from its website, an award for actual damages, statutory damages of up to $150,000 per copyrighted work infringed, with interest, attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses and such other just and proper relief.


Steven Sands Vs ScienceFiction.com LLC

Court – U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

# Case – 2:18-cv-07464-DDP-SK

Date of Filing – Aug. 24, 2018

Case – Copyright Infringement

Cause – Infringement

Plaintiff Representation – Gregory P. Goonan of the Affinity Law Group in San Diego.

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