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Copyright Suit Helps British Photographer Win $32,000, He Was Initially Offered $250

British photographer Jason Sheldon has won a settlement of £20,000 (about $32,300 US) over a stolen image of his, after initially being offered less than one percent of that.

The dispute centred around a backstage photo Sheldon captured in July of 2011 of pop star Ke$sha partying with rap duo LMFAO. Daybrook House Promotions grabbed the image and used it in an ad last year for a Nottingham nightclub, reasoning that since the picture had been posted on Tumblr, it must be free to reuse at will.

Sheldon tried to explain that copyright doesn’t work that way and sent the company an invoice for £1,351 ($2,200). In response, Daybrook said they never would have used the image if they had realized it was not free to use, and therefore would pay him only £150 ($242).

Instead of accepting that paltry offer, Sheldon decided to take the case to court, and after several rounds of preliminary judgements that went the photographer’s way, Daybrook agreed to an out-of-court settlement of £20,000 — via

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