US case breaks ground for copyright in social media

By Manoj K Singh, Singh & Associates, Advocates & Solicitors

If you think stealing a photo uploaded on Twitter can’t land you in court, a case decided by a US court in January may change your view. The case pitted Agence France-Presse (AFP) against Daniel Morel, a photojournalist who had shared photographs on the social media platform.

Social media allow internet users to create and exchange content in forms such as text, audio, video, images and podcasts via social networks, bookmarking sites, social news-services, media sharing, microblogging and blog comments and forums.

Facts of the case

Morel, a resident of Haiti, was a photojournalist with over 25 years experience, who was working in Port-au-Prince when a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti on 12 January 2010.

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