Tobacco barn at the Duke Homestead state historic site on the outskirts of Durham, North Carolina
- Upscale 2x5804x4354
Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer.
Here, Washington Duke founded the nation's largest early-20th-century tobacco firm, the American Tobacco Company. The Duke Homestead itself was built in about 1852 by Duke who was later the founder of the predecessors of what is now Duke University.
His farm homestead was about 300 acres in size when the American Civil War broke out eight years later. Eventually production shifted to town in Durham.
Purchase; Carol M. Highsmith Photography, Inc.; 2017; (DLC/PP-2016:103-7).
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/)