Bowers v. Marriott International Hotels, Inc. (D. Mass. 21-cv-10977).

  • June 14, 2021

Kansas photographer Eric Bowers accuses Marriott of placing one of his photographs on its website without authorization. Bowers asserts that the infringement was willful, based on Marriott being a sophisticated corporation that is or should be well aware of copyright law.  It is not immediately clear why this case was brought in Massachusetts; while personal jurisdiction is alleged to exist because Marriott’s 46 hotel properties located in Massachusetts subject it to general personal jurisdiction and/or because the website on which the photograph appears is accessible in Massachusetts, the subject photograph is a city scape of Kansas City, and it appears on the Kansas City portion of the Marriott site.  

Judge Stearns has the case.

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