London, England Royal Courts of Justice
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IPEC awards photographer £12,000.00 for unlicensed use of photo online --
In a recent ruling, DPP was successful again in seeking and obtaining damages for the online unlicensed use of its client’s photos overseas. The image, used on an online UK store selling Designer inspired fashion footwear, was removed upon notification. However, attempt at recovery of infringement damages via settlement out of court were ignored. In considering damages, the Court agree to reference the picture value based on the rate table published by the National Union of Journalists, totaling damages of £2550.00 for 3yrs of use.
Additional damages were awarded, including costs and interest. The Court further found the actions of Defendant unreasonable by failing to engage with pre-action correspondence, mediation, or Court proceedings. This multiplied damages even more, providing an accurate picture of how seriously the court responds to online violations of copyright infringement.
Mark Saku Bikangaga, Esq. Attorney-at-Law (Washington)