Professional photographer Geoff Johnson accuses North East Response Services of using one of his copyrighted photographs on its website without license, and of removing digital copyright management information when so doing. The photograph in question stems from a project in which Johnson returned to and photographed his childhood home, where he grew up with a hoarder mother. Johnson says that a copy of one of the photographs was put on North East Response Services’ website, www.cleanwayservices.com, with the copyright metadata having been stripped from the photograph. The complaint alleges that North East Response Services is a New Hampshire LLC, but the company’s site indicates that Cleanway Services is an emergency restoration and cleaning company with locations throughout New England, including one in Littleton NH, but is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, and it appears that the LLC is registered in Vermont, not New Hampshire. Johnson asserts copyright infringement and improper removal of copyright management information.
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