Walnut Creek, CA asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California

Q: _A German attorney claimed that his client's moon photo was published by our site and that we need to pay him for

the photo was originally published publicly by Facebook & Google two years ago and it was never brought to our attention that it was owned by his client.

The site is made for students @ Berkeley non profit is called 1Zumba.com

Under the Fair Use of the American Law, can we ask him to cancel or annul that claim which is under the German Law as he stated and the client is in Greece

1 Lawyer Answer
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: He would have to obtain jurisdiction over you to sue you in a German or Greek court. If he comes here, you are probably protected by the public domain doctrine and the fair use doctrine.

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