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When T-Lazy-7 Ranch snowmobile driver Charles Chisholm arrives at a favorite scenic spot near the Maroon Bells mountain formation, one of Colorado's most-photographed scenes, outside Aspen, he enjoys feeding wild birds, not from a bird feeder but by hand. This is a gray jay, a songbird native to the American Rockies and colder reaches of Canada. In warmer seasons, these crafty birds store food for the winter in the crooks of trees. This one, thanks to Charles Chisholm, perhaps less than other jays in the valley

When T-Lazy-7 Ranch snowmobile driver Charles Chisholm arrives at a favorite scenic spot near the Maroon Bells mountain formation, one of Colorado's most-photographed scenes, outside Aspen, he enjoys feeding wild birds, not from a bird feeder but by hand. This is a gray jay, a songbird native to the American Rockies and colder reaches of Canada. In warmer seasons, these crafty birds store food for the winter in the crooks of trees. This one, thanks to Charles Chisholm, perhaps less than other jays in the valley

 
 
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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/)

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