Getty Images offers 80 million stock images for sale. Eleven of those images such as this one include a picture of a tree-shaped air freshener. Car Freshner, which claims exclusive rights to the marketing of air fresheners in this shape, has sued Getty Images for trademark violations. The Northern District of New York has refused to dismiss the complaint, which if viable, suggests that perhaps all non-nature photography requires licensing of some sort. Can I sell a photograph of someone drinking Coca-Cola? Can Abercrombie & Fitch sue MTV for broadcasting a show where someone unsavory wears the clothing?
Trademark claims against Getty Images
- Pane and Suffering at Apple Store on Long Island
- The problem of the special master
- "The Public-Union Albatross"
- Around the web, October 31
- Lago Agrio lawyers lobbying state AGs?
- Around the web, September 27
- "Cuomo considering law change on class-action attorneys' fees"
- Breaking: NY top court reverses ludicrous 1993 WTC bombing civil liability verdict
- Around the web, September 2
- Texas tort reform could be a 2012 issue
- Around the web, August 19
- Mortgage-discrimination suits and legalized theft
- New York Caylee's Law?
- Around the web, June 16