Articles tagged "legal"

U.S. Senator Mike Lee reintroduces Drone Federalism Bill

Utah's Senator Mike Lee reintroduced his previously-defeated Drone Federalism Bill on February 4th. If passed, it could hit hobbyist and commercial drone operators, financially.

Airmap faces backlash after suggesting airspace should be monetized

Recently, Airmap created an uproar in the drone community by posting tweets suggesting remote pilots should be taxed upon take-off and landing.

Paravision AI ordered to delete face recognition software derived from user pictures without permission

US face recognition developer has been found to have used pictures from the Ever storage app without permission, and now has to delete all its algorithms.

EU has passed a uniform set of drone rules, paving the way for easier flight

EASA recently passed a uniform set of rules for commercial and hobbyist drone pilots. It will now make it easier for travelers to legally fly.

Small claims process finally passed into law for US copyright infringement victims

Congress finally passes CASE to allow copyright holders to make small claims without resorting to costly legal processes via federal courts. The act should make pursuing infringements much easier and realistic for individuals and small photo businesses

How one drone pilot got slapped with $182,000 in fines from the FAA

A Philadelphia-based remote pilot managed to accrue $182,000 in fines from the FAA. Renowned aviation attorney Jonathan Rupprecht says it's the second largest fine he knows of, to date, and explains how it happened.

Chinese drone company DJI added to U.S. economic blacklist

The U.S. government has added Chinese drone maker DJI to its economic blacklist.

California State Assembly revises controversial AB 5 bill to support freelance photographers

The original law limited freelancers to submitting up to 35 pieces of content to a single client per year, prompting a lawsuit from the NPPA.

Nikon is the latest camera company sued by DigiMedia Tech over alleged patent infringement

The camera maker joins Olympus, Fujifilm and others is a legal tussle over US digital camera technology patents held by DigiMedia Tech.

Mashable embedded image copyright case revived over surprising Facebook statement

A recent copyright infringement lawsuit against Newsweek, as well as Facebook's subsequent statement about its sublicensing terms, prompted the judge to reopen the case against Mashable.

Photographer sues Microsoft for $2.25M, alleges copyright infringement of 15 images

The lawsuit seeks up to $150,000 per image, among other things, potentially amounting to $2.25 million in statutory damages.

DJI scores a victory in the latest round of a patent battle with Autel

In early March, it was reported the ITC ruled in Autel's favor over a long-standing patent battle. DJI, and its legal team, have issued a response declaring victory on their end.

Dutch court rules grandmother must remove photos of grandchildren from social media under GDPR

According to the ruling, the grandmother refused to take down images of at least one of the minors, even after requests from their mother to do so. As a result, the grandmother will be fined €50 for each day the images are still up.

The Associated Press criticized over social media rights requests for free content

Twitter has been buzzing with concerns about a social media release form the AP has been using since at least 2015.

Judge rules DJI infringed patent, recommends ceasing sales and imports of most DJI drones

The ITC's chief administrative judge ruled that DJI infringed upon a patent belonging to Autel Robotics.

Chinese government rules in favour of Alpa in counterfeit cameras case

The photo industry may be able to take some hope from this case in which Alpa was able to secure damages from a Chinese company producing fakes and copies of its cameras.

New York court rules website didn't violate image copyright by embedding Instagram post

The latest legal ruling follows a similar case from 2018 about a tweet that featured a copyrighted image of Tom Brady.

US Judge rules against county seeking to ban drone flights in their parks

Earlier this week, Judge Joseph Farah ruled in favor of Jason Harrison. He was arrested for a legal flight at a Genessee County park (Michigan, U.S.) in December 2018. The ruling is expected to set a precedent for the rest of the United States.

500px combines Terms of Service and Contributor Agreement, confusing some users

500px recently updated its Terms of Service, raising concerns among some users. A recent analysis compared the latest terms to the previous version, however, and didn't find many changes.

NPPA sues California over controversial 'freelancer' bill that harms photojournalists

The National Press Photographers Association is challenging a controversial California law that forces photojournalists to work as employees, putting their income and copyrights at risk.

California tourist fined $20,000 for losing control of drone that landed at airport

A California tourist wanted to take a photo on the Las Vegas strip. He lost control of his drone, which took off and landed a few feet away from an active runway at McCarran International airport.

Drone registration and pilot testing will be mandatory in the UK

By November 30th, the United Kingdom will require all drone operators to pass a pilot test and register their drone with the Civil Aviation Authority.

Adobe gets license from US government to continue offering Creative Cloud in Venezuela

After cutting subscriptions to Venezuelan Creative Cloud users due to a U.S. Executive Order, Adobe has announced it's since received a special license to continue to operate in the South American country.

Texas court says state institutions can use copyrighted material for free

State institutions can't be forced to pay for pictures they take from the internet, according to a Texas appeals court.

Senators urge FAA to quickly approve drone identification rules

Senators are urging the FAA to quickly approve rules for remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems.

DJI urges public to submit comments on proposed FAA rules

Monday, April 15th, is the final deadline to submit your comments to two separate proposed rules from the Federal Aviation Administration.

VSCO sues PicsArt for allegedly reverse engineering its filters

VSCO alleges 17 PicsArt employees created VSCO accounts to reverse engineer at least 19 filters to sell in its own app.

Wisconsin videographer sued for more than $14K after court rules he botched eight weddings

A Wisconsin wedding videographer has been ordered to pay back more than $14,000 after he either didn't deliver the services he was hired for or never showed up to the weddings at all.

US Supreme Court rejects request to hear 'Jumpman' copyright suit against Nike

It's been announced that the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Jacobus 'Co' Willem Rentmeester's copyright case involving the Nike 'Jumpman' logo.

Harvard sued over allegedly profiting from 1850s images of American slaves

Harvard is facing a lawsuit over profiting from 19th century daguerreotypes that captured the portrait of a slave and his daughter on a South Carolina plantation.

Polaroid wants Fujifilm to pay millions in royalties for Instax Square format

Fujifilm has asked a US district court to clear it of any wrongdoing, after allegedly being threatened with trademark litigation by Polaroid.

New regulations aim to end harassment of tourists by photographers at Indian monuments

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is changing its photography policy such that only licensed commercial photographers can snap photos of tourists at the more than 3600 monuments it manages.

Nikon in legal tussle with ASML and Carl Zeiss over alleged patent infringements

On Monday, Nikon initiated legal action against ASML and Carl Zeiss AG over semiconductor lithography patents. Now the two companies have teamed up to counter-sue Nikon. Read more