A complaint has been filed against Microsoft, which suggests the tech company used a series of images without the permission of a photographer.
Matilde Gattoni is the photographer filing the claim. She states that Microsoft violated the Copyright Act of the United States by their “unauthorized reproduction and public display of copyrighted photographs of women leading China’s wine revolution.” Gattoni had registered copyright of the images she claims they used without permission.
She claims the company published her images within an article on MSN.com without consulting her. Interestingly, Microsoft has licensed some of her photos previously, but apparently not for this specific article. Gattoni says the company going ahead without her permission was “willful, intentional, and purposeful.”
Citing damages to profits up to $150,000 per infringed work. As per Law Street Media:
The complaint sought declaratory judgment in its favor; award for actual damages and defendants profits or statutory damages up to $150,000 per infringed work; an award for all profits, income, receipts, or other benefits Microsoft has had from this misconduct; an award for costs and fees; pre- and post-judgment interest; and other relief as determined by the court.
The suit is filed in New York. See more of its details, including screenshots of the article in question, here.