The National Press Photographers Association and three other visual arts associations filed a joint amicus brief today in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of VHT v. Zillow, a lawsuit involving Zillow, Inc.’s unauthorized use of photographs owned by VHT, a real estate photography company.
In VHT’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Zillow, the jury awarded VHT, among other damages, statutory damages in the amount of $1,500 for each of 2,700 images that the jury found were willfully infringed. On appeal, Zillow is arguing that the district court erred in permitting statutory damages for each infringed image and that the court should only have permitted a single award for all of the infringements.
For more than 40 years, Wally McNamee was a photographer who had an instinct for being in the right place to capture photos that defined the events of an era, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam veterans to world leaders and the Olympics. Along the way, some of the most recognized photojournalists of the time knew McNamee both as a lifelong friend and as someone who could routinely beat them out for the best photo from an event.