Insect photographer Alexander Wild has sued Houston-based Cypress Creek Pest Control for alleged copyright infringement over the use of his photographs without permission and without paying him. The lawsuit says Wild seeks damages of up to $150,000. Wild found the photos using a third-party company whose sole purpose is to scour the internet for images used without compensation. In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann attorney Chris Schwegmann says while he hasn’t seen copyright claims with bugs, the problem is particularly common in the real estate industry. “It happens more than you think,” Schwegmann said. “It’s people being sloppy and looking for images to suit their purpose.”
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