Photographer Carol M. Highsmith spent years documenting every nook and cranny of America in 18,755 photos. In an extremely generous gesture to the American people, she donated the entire portfolio to the Library of Congress. The Library calls this “one of the greatest acts of generosity in the history of the Library.” Now, she’s suing Getty Images for $1 billion over unauthorized use of those photos.The photos in question are fantastic, with everything from stunning landscapes to wacky portraits of unusual people. Donating these photos was a wonderful gesture — I’m even willing to forgive the fact that Highsmith’s website is designed entirely in Flash. Image licensing firm Getty apparently liked her photos so much, it started licensing them. The problem, however, is that Getty doesn’t have the rights to them. Right on the Library of Congress website, Highsmith’s photos are listed as being in the public domain.This situation came to Highsmith’s attention when Getty sent her a demand for payment because her website used one of her own photos. Specifically, the one above. Bold move, Getty. Highsmith notes that she never gave up her copyright on the photos, and now she’s exercising those rights to take Getty to court. She alleges that not only was she sent an improper demand letter, but others have gotten similar letters after using her public domain images. How these photos ended up in Getty’s portfolio is unclear.Several years ago, photographer Daniel Morel was awarded $1.2 million from Getty for infringement of one photo. That’s what the $1 billion figure is based on. Although, the statutory damages if Getty infringed all 18,755 photos would only be $468,875,000. Yeah, just half a billion dollars, no big deal.
The Legend of Zelda franchise is arguably the crown jewel of Nintendo’s entire publishing portfolio. And so far Nintendo has wasted no time giving players plenty of Hyrule adventures for its most recent device the Nintendo Switch. You can play the definitive version of the Zelda-themed Dynasty Warriors spin-off Hyrule Warriors. A Switch Online subscription gives you access to the original two NES Zelda games, including a remixed version of the first one. We recently learned Nintendo is letting an indie team take a crack at the series with Cadence of Hyrule, a Zelda/Crypt of the NecroDancer mash-up. And later this year we’ve got a delightful remake of Link’s Awakening to look forward to.But come on, when it comes to Zelda on Nintendo Switch, it’s all about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This brilliant and beautiful open-world reimagining of the franchise launched with the console/handheld hybrid and is not only the best game on the system, it’s one of the best games of all time. And based on a recent Nintendo job listing, we might be getting more of it soon.Considering how massive the game was, Breath of the Wild’s development was all hands on deck. To assist with creating the game’s huge but hand-crafted world, Nintendo got help from their studio Monolith Soft, best known for work on similarly expansive games in the Xenoblade series. Last year Nintendo itself posted a job listing for a new Zelda game in general. But now that Monolith Soft is looking for developers to “create new surprises and emotions” in a Zelda game, we’re hoping this project is a Breath of the Wild follow-up specifically.And that would make sense. There’s still so much that could be down with the world and assets and systems Nintendo created for Breath of the Wild. If there’s one Zelda game that’s screaming for a Majora’s Mask-style quick remix sequel it’s this one. Other open world games do this all the time. Give us some more dungeons, puzzles, recipes, powers, and maybe a musical instrument to play and we’re good.Considering how stacked the rest of Nintendo’s year is, including two other Zelda games, we don’t expect to see this project until next year at the earliest. But doesn’t it feel great knowing this is even in the works? In the meantime, here are some cool Switch games to play right now. Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President