The Old Capitol Museum in Milledgeville, the capital city of Georgia from 1804 to 1868, notably during the American Civil War
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Georgia's Secession Convention in early 1861 was held in the building, and a vote for secession carried on January 19, 1861. The Old Capitol building was damaged but was left standing during the Civil War. In 1868, during Reconstruction, the legislature moved the capital to Atlanta. The statehouse was used as the court house for Baldwin County, then by what became Georgia Military College. The building remains at the center of the college campus and is open for tours.
Purchase; Carol M. Highsmith Photography, Inc.; 2017; (DLC/PP-2016:103-5).
Forms part of: Carol M. Highsmith's America Project in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.
Credit line: Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
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/)