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Most people sign up for social media platforms without taking the time or effort to read the platform’s Terms of Use. A recent decision from the Southern District of New York illustrates why this may be a risky proposition for professional photographers, artists or anyone who values their creative intellectual property. The decision in Sinclair v. Ziff Davis and Mashable, 18-CV-790 (KMB) by District Judge Kimba M. Wood considered a claim by a photojournalist, Stephanie Sinclair, arising from an article posted on the news website Mashable, which included one of Sinclair’s photographs without a direct license or payment to her.

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