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Ressmeyer, et al. v. Getty

Practice Area: Copyright infringement

Outcome: Ongoing

Description: Kreindler & Kreindler LLP Files Class Action Against Getty Images on Behalf of Professional Photographers. Kreindler & Kreindler LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Getty Images in the Eastern District of New York on behalf of dozens of professional photographers whose images were incorporated without their permission into Getty's new product "Premium Access." According to Dan Nelson, a copyright attorney in Kreindler & Kreindler LLP's New York office, Premium Access is not a rights managed product. "Getty has shirked its responsibility as a picture archive to track the use of plaintiffs' images, and to set pricing per use in good faith on a commercially reasonable basis." As a result, photographers have lost the ability to track the uses being made of their images. Among the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit are some of the world's leading photographers. Their photographs have been licensed by Getty to major media clients for as little as $2.08 for extensive, untracked use. According to Nelson "Getty's prices have severely undercut the market for comparable photographs, damaged the future market for these photographs, and violated both the Rights Managed Image Distribution agreements Getty signed and the Uniform Commercial Code." Kreindler & Kreindler LLP has extensive experience in copyright matters and in class action litigation. For more information about the firm, please review our site. For answers to your questions, please contact Dan Nelson at 212.973.3426 or at

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