Another fine piece from my partner, Doug Lytle!
Sedlik’s Multiplier – an acceptable use of multiplier as part of calculating fair market value to account for factors such as exclusivity or rarity when determining actual damages under the Copyright Act.
Using an electron microscope, in the mid-1990s, photographer Andrew Paul Leonard created colorized stem cell images from cell samples he obtained from doctors, scientists, and researchers. Leonard built a profitable business licensing rare stem cell images, and received a range of fees for different types of licenses. One appeared on the cover of TIME.
Defendant Stemtech sells nutritional supplements through thousands of distributors. Stemtech contacted Leonard about licensing his stem cell images, because as Stemtech employees explained, “using these images was important to Stemtech’s business.” Stemtech declined to license Leonard’s image for website use because “the price was too high,” but chose to license an image for use twice in its internal magazine.
Leonard sued Stemtech for copyright infringement…
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