Wildlife Photographer Wins Copyright Case

From the Yorkshire Post:

An amateur photographer who captured a rare image of two Caribbean snails has won a battle against a major stamp publisher which used the images without permission. Lawyers from Leeds-based law firm Walker Morris represented former US Army major and wildlife photographer Mark Johnson in the copyright case against New York-based Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC).

Mr Johnson captured an image of a pair of Florida Tree Snails – one of which had a normal, right hand spiral shell while the other displayed a left hand spiral…To find such a pair … is a rare event and the photograph was published in a specialist magazine for conchologists which also featured the article on its website. Mr Johnson discovered the image was used on behalf of the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory, as part of a series of stamps entitled ‘Molluscs of the Caribbean’.

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