Similar photos infringe copyright in the UK →

January 30th, 2012

All pictures that includes a red bus, Big Ben and parliament, with the red-on-black-and-white effect are now owned by Temple Island

This creates a situation where anyone who owns a large library of photos — a stock photography outfit — can go through its catalog and start suing anyone with deep pockets: “We own the copyright to ‘two guys drinking beer with the bottoms of the mugs aimed skyward!'” It’s an apocalyptically bad ruling, and an utter disaster in the making.

Techdirt have more details, and highlight the fact that the judge used his judgement of the artiness to determine whether the photos are ‘copied’.

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