Twitter Haiti earthquake photo ruling opens up worldwide intellectual property debate
There was an interesting decision in the US recently about the intellectual property (IP) implications of posting a photo on Twitter. Professional photographer Daniel Morel – a man who has apparently spent more than 25 years in Haiti – posted dramatic photos of the earthquake that struck the country in January 2010. Morel had posted his shots on TwitPic – a Twitter-affiliated photo sharing site – saying he had "exclusive earthquake photos". Although no copyright notice appeared on the photos, the name Morel did appear on TwitPic.
Morel case highlights the need for micro-blogging site to be more explicit on copyright, says Alicia Castleman
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