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Author Topic: Very few Getty copyright lawsuits and ZERO wins for them  (Read 3162 times)

Jerry Witt (mcfilms)

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Very few Getty copyright lawsuits and ZERO wins for them
« on: June 08, 2011, 06:45:01 PM »
Poking around on the web I have learned that, in the US at least, very few lawsuits are actually filed against companies that Getty determines to be infringing. I only found six. (Ironically there are many more cases where Getty is the defendant. Seems copyright holders find their business practices shady too.) The six I tracked down are outlined below. It seems to this layperson that the Judge tossed one out of court, Getty dropped two of them before judgment and the plaintiff settled out of court on the fourth. I think the other two are developing. If anyone has an update on the status of their case against Advertnet or Baron Associates  I'd be interested to hear.

THIS PAGE HAS A LIST OF GETTY CASES:
http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=144133&page=7&highlight=getty+images+mccormack

Getty Images (US), Inc., Plaintiff
v.  ICG America Inc., Defendant
ORDER OF DISCONTINUANCE: Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that this action is discontinued without costs to either party and without prejudice to restoration of the action to the calendar of the undersigned within 30 days of the date of this order if in fact there has not been a settlement of this matter. (Signed by Judge Richard J. Holwell on 6/19/2008) (jpo) (Entered: 06/23/2008)

http://www.legalmetric.com/cases/copyright/moed/moed_408cv01003.html
Getty Images (US), Inc. v. Ruth Industries, Inc.
STIPULATION (Joint) and Order of Dismissal With Prejudice by Plaintiff Getty Images (US), Inc., Defendant Ruth Industries, Inc.. (Jaffe, Daniel) Notification sent to: Karen Bekker, SATTERLEE AND STEPHENS, 230 Park Ave, New York, NY 10169 and Francesca A. Sabbatino, RUSSO AND KEANE, 26 Broadway, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10004 on 9/16/2008 (MCB). (Entered: 09/15/2008) (LM)
This means the lawsuit was terminated by voluntary request of the plaintiff (Getty)

http://www.legalmetric.com/cases/copyright/nyed/nyed_106cv05916.html
Getty Images (US), Inc. v. ACT Telecom, Inc. et al
STIPULATION AND ORDER OF DISMISSAL. It is hereby stipulated and agreed by and between counsel for the parties to the above captioned action, subject to the approval of the Court, that this action including without limitation all claims presently known or unknown arising from the individual allegations made herein, is hereby dismissed in its entirety with prejudice against all parties and each party shall bear its own costs and attorneys' fees. So Ordered by Judge Sandra L. Townes on 7/11/2007. (Clarke, Melonie) (Entered: 07/16/2007)

http://www.legalmetric.com/cases/copyright/nysd/nysd_108cv03641.html
Getty Images (US), INC., v. First National Bank of Long Island
ORDER OF DISCONTINUANCE: Based upon the defendant's letter, dated June 9, 2008, indicating that the parties have reached a settlement, it is hereby Ordered that this action hereby is discontinued, provided, however, that the Plaintiff or Defendant may apply, on or before July 10, 2008 (noon), by letter showing good cause why this action should be restored to the calendar of the undersigned. (Signed by Judge Richard M. Berman on 6/10/2008) (jfe) (Entered: 06/10/2008)

Two cases I couldn't get the results on:
http://dockets.justia.com/docket/new-york/nysdce/1:2009cv01895/341399/
http://dockets.justia.com/docket/new-york/nyedce/1:2008cv01972/280596/

The one against Advertnet has been in discovery for almost two years: DISCOVERY PLAN REPORT.Document filed by Getty Images (US), Inc..(Aieta, Mario) (Entered: 08/19/2009) source -- http://ia600409.us.archive.org/10/items/gov.uscourts.nysd.341399/gov.uscourts.nysd.341399.docket.html

If anyone has any other examples, please post them.
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Re: Very few Getty copyright lawsuits and ZERO wins for them
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2011, 09:06:06 AM »
The Advernet defendant defaulted and Getty is proceeding to get a default judgment against them.

 

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