Psihoyos v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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No. 11 Civ. 1416 (S.D.N.Y.)

- Represented former National Geographic photographer in significant copyright infringement suit against textbook publisher, obtaining a six-figure damages award, including $100,000 in statutory damages for single copyright violation. Defeated defendant’s post-trial motion to set aside verdict and successfully defended judgment on appeal. In a landmark decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an award of statutory damages is not limited by the copyright owner’s actual damages and confirmed that the “discovery rule” applies to copyright infringement claims, rejecting contrary rulings by numerous lower-court rulings in the Circuit.

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Spinelli v. National Football League

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No. 13 Civ. 7398 (S.D.N.Y.)

- Currently representing seven freelance photographers in lawsuit alleging massive copyright infringement by the NFL, Associated Press, and Getty Images. The lawsuit challenges the validity of AP’s contributor contracts, particularly AP’s claim that, even though it denies being either an agent or a fiduciary, it can settle copyright claims for its contributors over their objections and without obtaining any compensation on their behalf.

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Grecco v. Associated Press

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No. 15 Civ. 8558 (S.D.N.Y.)

- Successfully represented prominent photographer in copyright infringement suit against AP and its wire subscribers for unlicensed distribution and publication of iconic photograph of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from the original X-Files TV show.

Pablo Star, Ltd. v. The Welsh Government

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No. 15 Civ. 1167 (S.D.N.Y.)

- Currently representing media company that owns copyrights in historically significant photographs of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas that the Welsh Government copied and published without permission in advertising materials distributed in the United States and around the world to promote tourism to Wales.