In full view of some Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, the roaring Strontia Springs diverts water from a giant reservoir into a 3.4 mile-long tunnel under the mountains to the Foothills Water Treatment Plant near Denver, Colorado. Completed in 1983, this dam towers 243 feet above the South Platte River streambed, forming a 1.7-mile-long lake with 98 surface acres
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Most of this takes place in plain sight of one of metropolitan Denver's favorite workout venues, the Waterton Canyon Trail, where bicylists, hikers, walkers, and horseback riders exercise in a beautiful, invigorating, patrolled environment managed by Denver Water, the city's public water utility, and the U.S. Forest Service
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/)