Woman Says iPhone Apps Are Illegally Republishing Her Hipstamatic Photos
|A Hipstamatic photo|
Courthouse News Service reports that the complaint states the Unofficial Guide
is advertised as an instruction manual for Hipstamatic; however, its primary function is to 'scrape' and republish photographs that are 'tagged' or otherwise associated with the Hipstamatic app. [The guide] functions on an automatic and continual basis, scraping and republishing photos as soon as they are published to Flickr. In addition to scraping and republishing those photographs, UGTH strips the photographs of all copyright notices and photographer information, thus violating Section 1202 of the DMCA. [Digital Millennium Copyright Act.]
"Hipstamatic is in no way affiliated with 'The Unofficial Guide to Hipstamatic,'" Hipstamatic spokesman Mario Estrada said in a statement on the lawsuit. "We have asked them on numerous occasions to remove themselves from the App store because they are not a valid or trustworthy source for a guide."