Sigma found guilty of infringing Nikon VR technology patents
Three years have passed since the Tokyo District Court has “found out” that the Nikon VR technology patents may be infringed by Sigma. Judge Shigeru Osuka has finally reached a verdict, claiming that Sigma is indeed infringing Nikon’s VR patents, forcing the company to pay about $14.5 million in compensation to Nikon.
Former Olympus executives escape jail time sentence
The lawsuit concerning the $1.7 billion fraud scandal which rocked Olympus a couple of years ago has finally ended. The former Olympus executives, including ex-CEO Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, have received suspended sentences, while the company will be forced to pay a fine of about $7 million.
American facing death penalty in North Korea for taking photos
There is a lot of controversy surrounding North Korea. It appears that an American citizen is facing the death penalty for taking photos of orphans. Accusations of being a spy and plotting to overthrow the government have also been added to the list, while Kenneth Bae is still detained and facing death row for using his camera.
US Navy apologizes for illegally arresting photographer twice
Nic Coury will have a lot of stories to tell his grandchildren, as the photographer has managed to get himself into trouble two times in three days. The US Navy has arrested Coury for taking pictures outside the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, despite the fact that the photographer was well within his rights.
Vermont House of Representatives wants to ban photography
Taking photos or recording movies on the streets of Vermont may become a thing of the past if a short form bill passes through the Vermont House of Representatives. Betty Nuovo has proposed this controversial bill, which leaves no room for interpretations, when it says that photographing a person will become illegal.
Man arrested for recording police officers with his smartphone
Some police officers do not like being under the spotlight. A lot of them believe that photographers are criminals, who belong in jail. Such is the case of Adam Pringle, who has been arrested by a couple of San Diego policemen. The officers claimed that smartphones can be used as weapons so they took Adam into custody.
Sony files patent infringement lawsuit against Red Digital
Red Digital claims that Sony is infringing on its patents, therefore the Japanese company must stop selling the F-series cameras and even destroy those cameras they had delivered to the customers. However, Sony has decided to file a countersuit against Red, as the Epic, Scarlet, and One professional cameras are violating seven of its patents.
Woman arrested for uploading anti-police photo on Instagram
A lot of photographers get into trouble and they get arrested for controversial reasons. However, the Montreal police just did the unthinkable by arresting a 20-year-old woman for uploading a photo on Instagram. The photo depicted an anti-police graffiti, though some would argue that this whole situation is a bit harsh.
Photographer can reprint his own work, judge says
Judge Deborah Batts has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a photographer by an art collector. William Eggleston has been sued by Jonathan Sobel, as the former has reprinted several photos previously sold to the latter. However, Eggleston won the case, showing that artists are the real owners of their work.
“Photos At My Door” app markets products using Facebook photos
Facebook has been bashed numerous times for their questionable Terms of Service, which provide no protection for its users’ privacy. The social network will be heavily criticized once again, after the launch of an application, called Photos At My Door, which allows users to create and buy products depicting their friends’ photos.
Former Olympus CEO facing five-year jail sentence
Japanese prosecutors have asked a Judge at the Tokyo District Court to hand a five-year jail sentence to the former Olympus CEO, Tsuyoshi Kikukawa. The company’s top executive has pleaded guilty for being the mastermind behind a series of wrongdoings, including covering up $1.7 billion losses over a period of four years.
Shutterfly files suit against Kodak over “My Kodak Moments” app
Shutterfly has filed a suit against Kodak for violating a prior agreement between the two companies. The camera maker is now offering an app called My Kodak Moments. However, the complaint says that Kodak is not allowed to provide a service similar to the one sold to Shutterfly for $23.8 million in 2012, called Kodak Gallery.
GoPro issues DMCA takedown notice to DigitalRev for Hero3 review
GoPro is the manufacturer of the Hero series, those unbelievable cameras which can record movies in the harshest conditions. However, the Hero3 does not seem to be able to handle product reviews, as its maker has issued a DMCA takedown to DigitalRev, asking the retailer to remove an article from its website.
DKNY donates $25,000 after using HONY photos without permission
DKNY is a very popular fashion brand in the United States and rest of the world. The company wanted to make use of Brandon Stanton’s street photography of New York, but the two parties could not agree a deal. Still, DKNY used his photos without permission, but soon after that, the photographer found out and made an unusual request.
Red Digital files patent infringement lawsuit against Sony
Red Digital is well-known in the digital cinematography world. The company’s cameras were used to shoot blockbusters like “Prometheus” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. Well, Sony surely did not expect Red to file a patent infringement lawsuit against it, but it happened nonetheless and it may be forced to pay consistent damages.
Instagram asks judge to dismiss ToS class action lawsuit
Right before the end of 2012, Instagram was hit with a class action lawsuit over Terms of Service changes. A concerned user filed the lawsuit because she believed that Instagram gained rights over her photos. Almost two months later, the company asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit because it was filed before the changes went into effect.
Photographing Portland’s iconic White Stag sign now costs money
When visiting a new city, people want to capture shots of its iconic buildings or signs. Some photographers even invest money to travel to landmarks around the world to create special photo shoots. Well, their job got more expensive if they want to photograph the White Stag sign located in Portland, Oregon because city officials will charge them a licensing fee.
Judge dismisses Nikon patent infringement lawsuit against Sigma
Back in 2011, Nikon filed a patent infringement lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court against Sigma. Nikon wanted a Japanese Judge to ban the sales of six Sigma lenses and sought compensations because the lenses featured built-in Vibration Reduction mechanism, a technology which was already patented by Nikon.
Instagram now wants users to provide photo ID verification
It appears that Instagram is doing its best to force users to leave the photo sharing service. Users’ latest reason to completely abandon the photo sharing and editing service consists of the company’s decision to lock out many accounts. In order to unlock their accounts, Instagram users have to provide government-issued photo IDs.
8 million flee in Instagram exodus
Facebook-owned Instagram has registered an 8 million-user drop after its December Terms of Service fiasco. AppStats has registered a 50% drop in Instagram user activity between December 17, 2012, and January 10, 2013, suggesting that users are really unhappy with the social network’s new ToS.