The Hollywood Cafe in Robinsonville, Mississippi, and its sister restaurant of the same name down the country roads of the area in tiny Hollywood, itself, are northern Mississippi institutions, both for their home cooking and for their music
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As the Mississippi Blues Commision sign out front informs visitors, the Hollywood was the favorite haunt of blues legend Muriel Wilkins, who, along with the restaurant, were prominently mentioned in the classic song, "Walking in Memphis." The building itself was once the commissary of the huge Frank Herbert cotton planatation.
Gift; Ben May Charitable Trust; 2016; (DLC/PP-2016:059).
Forms part of the Ben May Charitable Trust Collection of Mississippi Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.
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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/)