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Notorious Lawyer and ‘Copyright Troll’ Fined $103K, Photographers Beware

Richard Liebowitz, one of the most prolific copyright infringement lawyers in the state of New York, was recently slapped with a $103,500 fine for his actions in a recent case before being chastised for being a dishonest “copyright troll.” Photographers should pay close attention.

Liebowitz, formerly a photojournalist, only began his legal career in 2015. However, as Judge Jesse Furman of the Souther District of New York put it in a recent Opinion and Order:

In that same period […] He has become one of the most frequently sanctioned lawyers, if not the most frequently sanctioned lawyer, in the District. Judges in this District and elsewhere have spent untold hours addressing Mr. Liebowitz’s misconduct, which includes repeated violations of court orders and outright dishonesty, sometimes under oath.

Liebowitz and his firm specialize in copyright infringement cases, especially those involving unauthorized social media use, and he regularly represents photographers from all over the country. In the video below, published in May, he advises photographers on “Protecting your copyright on Social Media” based on the recent lawsuit between Stephanie Sinclair and Mashable.

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