Apple Faces Copyright Suit Over iPhone Photo

August 20, 2009

Apple Inc. was sued by a Colorado resident who accused it of misappropriating an “iconic” photo he possesses for the company’s popular iPhone.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday with the federal court in Manhattan, widely published photographer Louis Psihoyos contends that Apple is using his “1000 TVs” image in its “i.TV” movie guide application for the iPhone.

The plaintiff accused the Cupertino, California-based company of copyright infringement of his image, which was created in 2005.

He is seeking actual damages and other remedies that together are “reasonably believed” to exceed $2 million, according to the complaint.

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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