Copyright Suit is on the Money


U.S. photographer Kelly Fajack, whose photo of Burundi schoolchildren mysteriously wound up depicted on the African nation’s 10,000 Franc note, has added the country’s U.K.-based currency maker to his copyright infringement lawsuit.

The issue has been a challenging one for Fajack, who took the pictures while working for a nonprofit organization and who has been reluctant to force payment from a country where the per-capita GDP is less than $800.

As PDN Online reports:

The amended lawsuit accuses [currency manufacturer] De La Rue, the Republic of Burundi and other unnamed parties of reproducing one of Fajack’s images on a piece of currency without permission. The suit was filed this week in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California…

“While Fajack has no desire to punish or force a payment from an impoverished nation, he has long reasonably suspected the involvement and misconduct of third parties,” the lawsuit says.

A larger comparison of the images can be found on Fajack’s Web site.


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