Nat Geo Society trashes copyright

The sad outcome of the photographer Jerry Greenberg vs National Geographic Society case is really giving photographers the chills. Basically, although NGS was supposed to return the copyright of his extensive works with them after publication for initial use, they then used them on a “108 years of NG Magazine” CD compilation and which reportedly made $70 million on it. Although most of us thought it was pretty airtight in that the rights were to be returned after initial use (long before there were CD ROMs etc) the US courts sided with NGS. So Greenberg is out of pocket some $200,000 and has spent 11 years trying to defend a principle which most of us believe in. The Supreme court is refusing to hear an appeal. A black day for creatives. Shame on NGS.

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