“The Defendants have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmithâ€™s generous gift to the American people. The Defendants are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees to people and organizations who were already authorized to reproduce and display the donated photographs for free, but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner (or agents thereof), and threatening individuals and companies with copyright infringement lawsuits that the Defendants could not actually lawfully pursue.”
See Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to publicMany of the issues discussed here involve abuse of copyright by some to enslave the many. Chuckle… This is a classic example of an extremum. Getty Images threatened to sue a photographer for use of an image which the photographer had taken, and donated to the public domain. That ticked her off enough to sue the bastards and I expect she will win. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. I wonder how many other instances of such abuse there is in Getty’s collection.
OTOH, M$ is bullying the world with “software patents” when software is protected by copyright. They do that because they are not the only one who can write software but they do have a bigger fund for paying lawyers than most others. Rumours are they are raking in ~$1B annually from Android/Linux manufacturers alone. The world can and does make its own software and should sue the bastards for abuse like this.