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Copyright Suit is on the Money
Posted By Scott Baradell On March 22, 2007 @ 6:31 am In Legal Matters | No Comments
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.
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