A lovely old cookstove in the main cabin at the Sheriff Ranch at the headwaters of the Colorado River near Hot Sulphur Springs in Grand County, Colorado
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Once a vast cattle spread, the ranch has downsized in recent years. Registered in 1881 with 1,350 acres with as many as 250 head of Herefords by 1975. Cabins were rented to fishermen and women anxious to test prime trout-catching spots on the Colorado, have been in the Sheriff family ever since (as of this 2015 photo). Sheriff ranch's registered brand-Bar Double S is still known to be the oldest registered brand in the county. In 1984 a large portion of ranch acreage was sold to Chimney Rock Ranch Company, and the Ida and John Sheriff turned to raising just a small herd of cattle.
Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Gift; Gates Frontiers Fund; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:068).
Forms part of: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.
In 2015, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge. In 2016, Highsmith has filed a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against both Alamy and Getty stating “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs. “The defendants [Getty Images] have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people,” the complaint reads. “[They] are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees … but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.” According to the lawsuit, Getty and Alamy, on their websites, have been selling licenses for thousands of Highsmith’s photographs, many without her name attached to them and stamped with “false watermarks.” (more: http://hyperallergic.com/314079/photographer-files-1-billion-suit-against-getty-for-licensing-her-public-domain-images/)