Getty Hit With $1B Copyright Suit Over Photog's Donations

Law360, Los Angeles (July 25, 2016, 8:50 PM EDT) -- A photographer filed on Monday a $1 billion copyright suit in New York against Getty Images' American arm, alleging that the company is sending out letters demanding licensing fees for her photos that were donated to the Library of Congress. 

Carol M. Highsmith, a photographer whose work has been used on postage stamps and as wall art in movies and television shows including "House of Cards," has been donating photographs to the Library of Congress since 1988.

She was surprised when, in December, she received a "threatening communication" from a company associated with Getty Images Inc. regarding an image she was using...

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