Devils Tower, also known by more benign names, including Bear Lodge, by indigenous American Indians, in northeastern Wyoming
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America's first declared national monument (in 1906), the formation is an "igneous intrusion," formed when molten lava deep beneath the earth's surface pushes rocks upward, in this case, 1,267 feet above the surrounding terrain. As of the early 2000s, an estimated 1 percent of the surrounding park's 400,000 annual visitors climb, or attempt to climb, the rock structure, which can be seen for miles. The National Park Service, which manages the attraction, declares each June as a "climb-free" period (with mixed success), out of respect for nearby tribes, who consider the monument sacred.
Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Gift; Gates Frontiers Fund; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:069).
Forms part of: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming 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/)