120 FAULKNER SUES GEOGRAPHIC
January 6, 1998
Douglas Faulkner, Louis Psihoyos and Matrix International as agent for three
other photographers have filed suit for copyright infringement and breach of
contract against National Geographic Interactive, National Geographic Society,
Eastman Kodak Company, Hammacher Schlemmer, Inc. and Mindscape, Inc. in U.S.
District Court in the Southern District of New York.
The action has been brough in connection with the release in September of "108
Years of National Geographic Magazine on CD-ROM."
At least thirty other photographers have retained counsel and are either in
discussions with National Geographic or exploring their options to bring
separate actions. One group has been organized by Jim Pickerell and interested
parties can obtain more information by contacting SELLING STOCK.
Pickerell has identified more than 1,300 photographers who have had one or more
pictures published in the Geographic between between 1986 and 1995. It is
believed that each has a legitimate claim for compensation. It is estimated
that more than 5,000 photographers who are still alive have images on these