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The Nelson Law Firm, PC Files Suits Against Pearson Education Inc., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company on Behalf of Professional Photographers for Textbook Print Over-Runs

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Nelson Law Firm, PC filed a putative class action lawsuit on July 23, 2009 against Pearson Education Inc. in the Southern District of New York on behalf of Norbert Wu, individually and as class representative for the putative class of professional photographers whose timely copyrighted images were misappropriated in dozens of Pearson textbooks.

The Nelson Law Firm, PC also filed a lawsuit on July 23, 2009 against Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company in the Southern District of New York on behalf of renowned professional photographers Louie Psihoyos and Norbert Wu, whose copyrighted images were misappropriated in dozens of Houghton Mifflin textbooks.

According to Dan Nelson, a copyright attorney in The Nelson Law Firm, PC's New York office, Pearson and Houghton have continually and systematically exceeded licenses for the use of the plaintiffs' photographs in text books. "Despite unambiguous limitations on how many textbooks Pearson and Houghton could print and sell containing the plaintiffs' images, these companies have continuously printed and sold hundreds of thousands or millions of additional books." As a result, the plaintiffs have suffered significant damages under the Copyright Act, including statutory damages up to for willful infringement of the plaintiffs' timely copyrighted images.

The suits seek $25 million in damages. According to Nelson, "The Court should send a message to large institutional infringers like Pearson and Houghton that they cannot license a photograph for 40,000 books and sell 250,000. Doing so constitutes willful copyright infringement."

The Nelson Law Firm, PC has extensive experience in copyright matters. For more information about the firm, visit www.dannelsonlaw.com. For answers to your questions, please contact Dan Nelson at 212.973.3426 or at dn@dannelsonlaw.com.

SOURCE The Nelson Law Firm, PC



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