Philpot v. CalNews, Inc.

Background information

Larry Philpot is a freelance concert photographer who photographed musicians Kenny Chesney and Willie Nelson, and made these photographs available under Creative Commons Licenses. Philpot alleged that CalNews, Inc. infringed his copyright by publishing, copying, and displaying the photographs on their website without proper attribution to Philpot and his website. Philpot sought actual damages, interest, reasonable attorney’s fees, and statutory damages.

Case summary

After multiple filings (complaint, answer, amended answer), defendant filed the parties' stipulation of dismissal with prejudice on 11/12/2020, and the judge dismissed the case the following day.

Attribution Photograph