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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Pupils land school in court over T-shirt row

PUPILS who set up a T-shirt business as part of their transition-year project have landed their school in the High Court, after a photographer claimed breach of copyright.

The pupils at the private Alexandra College in Milltown, Dublin, came up with the idea of putting photographs on T-shirts for sale.

But photographer and blogger Andrew Nuding has claimed two photographs selected for one group's project were his intellectual property.

In the High Court yesterday, Mr Justice Kevin Feeney said the matter looked like "a storm in a teacup" and remitted the case against the college's board of management to the Dublin District Court.

'Emblazoned'

Earlier, Mr Nuding's counsel, Conal Ellis, said his client was an accomplished and recognised photographer and blogger. He added that a number of students had taken photographs from the blog site, copied them and "emblazoned" them on T-shirts for sale.

He asked that the case be remitted to the Circuit Court as Mr Nuding was also seeking certain declarations from the court as well as damages.

Mr Ellis said €2,500 plus legal costs would be sufficient to resolve the matter.

Mr Justice Feeney was told the board of management recognised Mr Nuding as the author and holder of all intellectual property rights over each of the original photographic images, but denied he suffered any loss.

The board also denied that the alleged breach of copyright was conducted with its consent.

The students involved had apologised to Mr Nuding and the printed items had been shredded, the court heard.

Irish Independent

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