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A judge has ruled that agencies cannot use photos posted on Twitter without the photographer's permission.
The ruling is a major test of where photographers stand when it comes to use of their images through social media sites.
The judge ruled that press agencies must have the photographer's permission before using their images that are posted on Twitter.
The case centres around Daniel Morel, who took a photo of a shocked and devastated woman appearing out of rubble just after the Haiti earthquake of 2010. The photo was then taken by several papers, who then distributed it to others through agency networks without Daniel's permission.
The judge decided that Twitter's terms of service don't give news agencies permission to take photos without prior permission from the photographer. The AFP (Agence France-Presse), which distributed the photos, had argued that the photos were free to use as they were freely available online.
The trial for the case doesn't have a set date yet, but this case will have a major effect on photographer's rights in terms of whether photos that are published to social networks can be used in social contexts.
For more details, see the Reuters website