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http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/news/photographers_face_copyright_threat_after_shock_ruling__news_311191.html
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Photographers who compose a picture in a similar way to an existing image risk copyright infringement, lawyers have warned following the first court ruling of its kind.
UK souvenir maker Temple Island Collection Ltd has won a ruling against New English Teas which it had accused of breaching copyright by using a photo of a London bus on its packaging.
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Though the images are not identical, the judge ruled that Fielder's composition of the image, to include such features as the 'visual contrast' of the bright red bus and monochrome background, were the photographer's 'intellectual creation'.

This is interesting. Taking two photos that are similar can be viewed as copyright infringement. You silly UK blokes.

Link of the two pictures on question
http://www.swanturton.com/multimedia/docs/Temple%20Island%20v%20New%20English%20photographs.pdf
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woah. this is news.

Dangerous precedent.

holy. carp.
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SUE ME NOW YOU SON OF GUN!!!
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Copy-write laws are fighting to keep us stuck in stone age.
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wut?

This is stupid.
    
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You see, on December 21 2012, the people of this world will realize that planet Earth is infringing on another, older planet. So we decide to blow ourselves up.
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While I don't agree with the ruling, it sounds like the defendant or whoever they paid to do it, did decide to take a well known image and try to use something similar to promote their product and piggy back off the others success..
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The image was published in February 2006 and has been used by the claimant on souvenirs ever since. Many products are sold bearing the image including mugs, stationery, key fobs and the like. The image has become famous in the claimant's industry. A number of other organisations have licensed the image from the claimant. Historic Royal Palaces, the organisation which operates the Tower of London, approached the claimant to expand the range of products on to t-shirts. Although the Tower is not in the photograph, this remains their best selling range 4 years later. The National Gallery took on the claimant's range in their shop. It was the only range of products of that style they stocked at the time.

Mr Houghton's company supplies tea to a wide variety of customers throughout the world. The company's best selling packs of tea include tins and cartons bearing images of English landscapes, Icons of England. They include images of London. Mr Houghton had participated in the creation of the so called "First Allegedly Infringing Work" along with a company called Sphere Design. As I mentioned above, that dispute was settled. To produce the second work, the one with which this case is concerned, Mr Houghton took four photographs. Three were of different aspects of the Houses of Parliament and the fourth was a picture of a red Routemaster bus while it was stationary on the Strand. Of the three, one photograph showed the facade of the Houses of Parliament, one showed Big Ben and one showed part of Big Ben with Portcullis House across the road. Mr Houghton explained how the defendants' work had been produced by Sphere Design. They combined and manipulated Mr Houghton's images as well as an iStockphoto image of a Routemaster bus. The bus was resized to fit and the road marks were changed to be consistent. The stock image was used for parts of the bus. Annex 2 was the result.

Edited by GeforceGTS - 1/25/12 at 4:17pm
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So now they own all pictures of routemasters against a greyed out westminster palace, but not a licence to the components of the image in any form other than pictures?
Edited by alltoasters - 1/25/12 at 4:20pm
     
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Originally Posted by GeforceGTS View Post

While I don't agree with the ruling, it sounds like the defendant or whoever they paid to do it, did decide to take a well known image and try to use something similar to promote their product..

You have to define a well known image. Every company claims that something they make is well known. Artic cooler makes fusion PSUs in another thread and iirc they claimed their PSUs were well known while every one on here was like "lol AC makes PSUs?"
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