A photographer is suing Apple in federal court in Texas, alleging that iPhone apps illegally republish her photos and those of others online without permission.
quality to photos, many of which are then published on Facebook, in
addition to Flickr and other social networks or photo-pooling sites.
Courthouse News Service reports that the complaint states the Unofficial Guide
is advertised as an instruction manual for Hipstamatic; however, its primary function is to 'scrape' and republish photographs that are 'tagged' or otherwise associated with the Hipstamatic app. [The guide] functions on an automatic and continual basis, scraping and republishing photos as soon as they are published to Flickr. In addition to scraping and republishing those photographs, UGTH strips the photographs of all copyright notices and photographer information, thus violating Section 1202 of the DMCA. [Digital Millennium Copyright Act.]