Apple settles Retina image lawsuit with Swiss photographer

By , Jan 10, 2013

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With all of the reports we hear every week regarding Apple’s new and ongoing lawsuits, it’s nice to hear about one coming to an end. After a year of battling, the Cupertino company has settled a lawsuit regarding the alleged misuse of an eyeball image during one of its keynotes.

Apple used the photo, which was taken by Swiss photographer Sabine Liewald, to promote its new MacBook Pro with Retina display during its WWDC keynote last summer, as well as on its website, without the proper licensing. And thus, Liewald filed an infringement suit…

The original complaint stated that Apple misused the eye photograph by including it in promotions for its latest Retina MacBook Pros. Liewald alleged that Apple acquired the rights to use the image (complete with makeup) for “layout purposes only,” not for commercial use.

The lawsuit was filed in a US District Court of New York last October, with Liewald seeking a trial by jury to determine damages and potential lost profits. Liewald said the image was covered under copyright, and protected under the Byrne Convention as a non-US photograph.

The photographer seemed to be in it for the long haul, but according to a new document filed last week (via CNET), the two sides have settled the dispute out of court. Exact terms were not disclosed, but the two parties were supposed to meet for a pretrial conference yesterday.

I know we’ll never see them, but I’d like to see the terms of the settlement. I’d like to know how much Apple ended up paying for that eye photograph. Millions?

What do you think?

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    • Jordan Dixon


      • LOL

      • ItAllLeaks


      • Kurt


      • Ali

        FAIL.. LOL – Unless it was on purpose, but nevertheless, a fail.

      • Kurt

        OLO <–glasses and a nose.

      • Wassim Omais


      • WTF


      • a smit


  • Daniel

    Lawsuits. Lawsuits. Lawsuits. Damn democracy.

    • Tr1pTr0p

      I don’t see what democracy has to do with lawsuits. I think you mean capitalism.

      • Daniel

        That is only different packaging.

  • Difference between Steve and Cook
    Steve = new idea new product
    Cook = lawsuit

    • I’m afraid Apple gonna sue us for using their iPhone

    • Kurt

      Steve=sue…cook=settle. steve jobs was scum

      • ahmed hassan

        I think people should think about the great things steve did, protecting his rights is one of it.
        a man who did nothing but the good even for people like you to have a device you can brag about.
        Think before you write sir did u do any good.

      • Kurt

        he shut down the philanthropic division in apple that was working to help people. this is why your last sentence pertains to you, not to me.

  • Tr1pTr0p

    Apple used someone else’s work without proper licencing? Sounds familiar. Don’t even try pretending how this isn’t the same, because it actually is. A bunch of capitalist hypocrites, just like in every other major corporation.

    • Troll

      Shut up you android troll.