Court Refuses To Entertain Claims Against Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) By Getty Images, Inc.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) would have felt relieved when a court in the U.S. District refused to entertain the alleged copyright infringement case filed by Getty Images, Inc. It could have also been a failure on the part of Getty to convince a federal judge on the copyright infringement.

Lawsuit Filed

The issue was in relation to a Bing Image widget that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) had allegedly used, Reuters reported. Getty Images has dragged the software company to the Court by filing a suit on September 4. Getty charged that Microsoft has not paid any licensing fee or provided any attribution.

The video agency and multimedia photo company either owns or represented the owners of over 80 million digital images. The company sought the permission of Manhattan District Judge, Denise Cote, to file an injunction against Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on a new product.

However, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has quickly swung into action and removed the Widget immediately after Getty filed a lawsuit. Unconvinced with the action, Getty pushed forward its case before the District Court judge.

Speculative Argument

The Lawyer appearing for Getty had told the Judge not take the software company’s claims seriously that it will not launch the widget again. Getty said that it would not rule out developing a new widget, which could potentially infringe its content.

The Judge replied saying that the argument was purely speculative and that there was no foundation to doubt the future conduct of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). During the hearing, Microsoft told the multimedia company that it would add attribution notices and search filters in case it was planning to unveil a similar kind of product in the future. It also said that it would add other details that were important to protect copyright.

Getty’s lawyer said that he would have been happy if judge has given his mandate. However, he said that the issue of using a copyrighted material is still before the court to decide.

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