Jacques de Vos
Copyright Infringement by New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, CNN, & Yahoo
The Client: Jacques de Vos, Cinematographer & Filmmaker
Jacques de Vos is an award winning underwater photographer and filmmaker. His underwater photography has been published in multiple books and hundreds of publications. He has worked as a camera operator on projects for companies such as BBC, Epic TV, and Redbull.
Self-taught in the biodiverse oceans around Cape Town in South Africa, Jacques’ favorite subject to shoot is big marine life with a wide angle lens. As an instructor for the renowned Freedive International, Jacques captures his underwater footage on a single breath without the use of a scuba tank.
Jacques filmed world record freediver Natalia Molchanova many times. Tragically she died August 2, 2015 and the media scrambled to cover the story.
Five major media corporations including the New York Times, CNN, Reuters, Yahoo, and USA Today used footage of Molchanova that Jacques had captured without a license. This was done even though Jacques has the footage readily available for licensing and the footage contained his personal watermark.
Jacques contacted the companies seeking compensation but his efforts were ignored by all of them.
Jacques contacted Nimia Legal and informed them of the situation. Within 24 hours Nimia secured responses from the infringers and later negotiated favorable compensation terms for Jacques.