Photographer Boffoli Sues Twitter Over His Disparity Series
Seattle photographer Christopher Boffoli sued Twitter in federal court in the Western District of Washington, Seattle. Boffoli’s Disparity Series “comically pairs teeny human figurines with real-life foods in extreme close-up.” Patrick Hutchison describes the Disparity Series in greater detail, and includes pictures, in his article Christopher Boffoli’s Strange Little Worlds.
The Disparity Series seems to be popular among Twitter users. Boffoli’s complaint alleges that Twitter users copy his registered Disparity Series photos without license, that the infringing photos are posted on Twitter or third-party servers, and that Tweets advertise or link to each infringing use. The complaint further alleges that Twitter has not removed infringing uses from its servers or disabled links to infringing uses, despite receiving four Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices from Boffoli.
Boffoli’s allegations against Twitter include copyright infringement, failure to comply with the DMCA and willful copyright infringement. Boffoli seeks temporary and permanent injunctions, the destruction of infringing copies, actual damages or statutory damages plus damages for willful infringement, and attorney’s fees and costs.
This case is Boffoli v. Twitter, Inc., No. 12-01534, Western District of Washington, Seattle.