Photographer wins 'David and Goliath' copyright battle against giant picture agency Alamy

A freelance photographer says he has won a “David and Goliath” battle against international picture agency Alamy after settling with the company out of court over a copyright dispute.

Eddie Mitchell challenged Alamy over its unlicensed use of his aerial drone image of a fire at a school that made national headlines in August, taking the company to Worthing County Court last week.

It emerged in court that Alamy received upwards of two million images a day and so is not able to verify the copyright of supplied pictures, Mitchell told Press Gazette.

A judgment on the matter was stayed after the out-of-court settlement of £750 was reached.

Mitchell said the judge told him he would have won the case should it have gone to the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, at the High Court, as Alamy had already admitted to using the picture and not checking the copyright.

Mitchell said: “Justice has been done. I’m very thankful to the courts for supporting me as just a one-man band. I was sitting there on my own and they had got their barrister. It was David and Goliath.”

Mitchell’s picture was supplied to Alamy by a contributor who had downloaded it from a news website which had used it legitimately, it is understood.

The Times and Daily Express both ran the image with a credit to Alamy, but Mitchell said he settled with both before court action was necessary.

He added: “I wasn’t jumping for joy [at the outcome] because I was trying to get compensation and amicable resolution from Alamy who didn’t want to know.”

“The issue is that now every paper that has Alamy pictures will have to be aware that the copyright hasn’t been checked on them… but with that comes a hell of a lot of risk.”

A spokesperson said Alamy had no comment.

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  1. To Mary Nightingale:- This is Helen Harvey, as you a sat at the tv talking the out side world why did you not all that not say to me that the tv was live but you and a few others have screwed me to hell, and to the hilt. as you can see what pass words I am written down even when the tv is off. I will be dead soon. and you are watching me right now and a few other will when i am getting the fucking women from USA following me around for more than 20 years screwing me on which I had no Idea about that issue one but off, when they have been spying on me when I Have been watching one british family when I got to to fuck off by the USA people but it is ok for the press to put everything on the tv for what they want to show but not my self and when I say that I mean me along for what the press and other have done to me. I am the next to dead. Helen

    1. Just so you Mary all this is gone around the world not just in UK, and I am next to die after all this issue. when you and other are watching my money and I didnot know off the all the press where watch my money etc who I talk to.
      and again the press want even put my own self in down dont say who I am as the press a pushed me out be thy perfer the USA bastard who been watching me for more than 20 years, or more. now for all the press you will need to start given to me along and more back. as you just like show british family off your self. remember Mary what I got told to fuck off. even my back acount gets blocked by the press eveytime.

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