Apple has settled a lawsuit with Swiss photographer Sabine Liewald over the alleged misuse of a photograph of an eyeball that the Cupertino company used during a keynote presentation for its Retina MacBook Pro. News of the settlement came in an order of dismissal issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday, January 3, but the terms of the deal are unclear at this point.
Liewald’s complaint said that Apple misused an image she owned by using it in promotional materials for its new Retina MacBook Pro. As you can see from the image above, Apple used it during a keynote that unveiled its new notebook last June. Although Apple did obtain rights to the image of a model’s eye, they covered “layout purposes only” — not commercial use.
Liewald’s suit was originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York last October, and sought a trial by jury to determine the damages and potential lost profits. Again, it’s unclear what arrangement has now been made with Apple.
- Source CNET