As much as we have discussed copyright and the licensing of photography, there’s a continual steam of stories about those who don’t play by the rules. The latest chapter involves a one billion dollar lawsuit filed against Getty and Alamy by photographer Carol Highsmith.
Highsmith began donating her photography to the Library of Congress in 1992 which makes it available for, as I understand it, public domain access. Here’s where the plot thickens–evidently Getty sent her one of their famous cease and desist letters, accusing her of copyright infringement of her own photographs.
A few examples of Highsmith’s work: