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Photographer alleges Back China used his car crash photo without permission

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By Carrie Bradon | Aug 7, 2019

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HOUSTON —A New York man is suing a Texas company, alleging it used his photograph without permission or consent.

Angus Mordant of New York City filed a complaint July 16 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Back China LLC, alleging breach of copyright law.

According to the complaint, Mordant photgraphed a car crash and licensed the photo to the New York Daily News, which the photo in an article pertaining to a car crash. The plaintiff, the suit alleges, was given credit as the photographer of the photo by the Daily News. The suit states Back China ran an article on its website and also featured the plaintiff's photograph, but did not have Mordant's consent or permission to use it.

Mordant seeks trial by jury, judgment against the defendant, actual damages, statutory damages up to $150,000 or statutory damages of $2,500 to $25,000 for each instance of copyright fraud, attorney fees, court costs and interest, plus all other just and proper relief. He is represented by attorney Richard Liebowitz of Liebowitz Law Firm PLLC in Valley Stream, New York.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:19-CV-02567

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