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Sunday, September 4, 2005

Photographer Sues Over Use of Osama Photos

Egyptian photographer Essam Mohamed Aly Deraz has filed suit in U. S. District Court in Denver, claiming copyright infringement among other things, against ABC News. The familiar photos and video of Osama bin Laden in the battlefield, which ABC, CNN, and the BBC have broadcast over and over are those that Deraz shot in the late 1980s, and that he claims he allowed ABC to show "on a limited basis" for a total payment of $15,000. Instead, the complaint alleges that ABC continued to show the pictures and video repeatedly, and that it made the material available to other media. ABC representatives said they were unaware of the lawsuit. Read more in a Reuters story here.

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