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N.C. Photographer Sues State Alleging Copyright Infringement of Shipwreck Images

Discussion in 'Scuba Related Court Cases' started by nautilusvideo, May 31, 2016.

  1. kafkaland

    kafkaland Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Saline, Michigan
  2. michael-fisch

    michael-fisch ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Germany n soon Lake City FL
    Somehow I get the feeling that those who make the laws are not required to follow them.
    Maybe we should never forget a quotation from Mao Zedong "Power comes out of the barrel of a gun."

    Unfortunatly, those who were in the Navy have a different understanding of what a "Gun" is.

  3. Bert van den Berg

    Bert van den Berg Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Zealand
    My wife and I owned a small software company called BV Engineering, which sued the state of California over copyright violations and started the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990. UCLA pirated 11 different software products properly copyrighted by BV Engineering and refused to pay for their thefts when we confronted them. This went all the way to the Supreme Court of the USA, which refused the hear the case.

    We then notified many larger organizations that had a lot more to lose, such as the book publishers, movie makers, etc. who hired lobbyists to petition Congress to change the Constitution to force States to obey copyright laws.

    During congressional hearings, in order to get the required votes to get the new law passed, my wife and I agreed to allow the law to be non-retroactive. This meant that the States would not be held financially responsible for past transgressions, but also meant we would not financially benefit from the law change. This hurt but we swallowed the bitter pill so that valid copyright holders could benefit from their hard work.

    It really sucks to hear that all that work and effort has been for naught now.

    We left California 26 years ago to find a better life in New Zealand. Best decision we have ever made. The diving here is incredible, the people friendly and the government doesn't screw you.
    markmud, uwxplorer, FinnMom and 3 others like this.
  4. uwxplorer

    uwxplorer Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Los Angeles
    You learn every day.
    Here is some background information: Copyright Remedy Clarification Act
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  5. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    I am not sure how it looks as though they are a di-interested party when the user name is the exact nae of the film company in the lawsuit. Had they used any other username I would agree with you but that is not the case.

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