Apple has settled a lawsuit with Swiss photographer Sabine Liewald over the illegal use of his piece titled “Eye Closeup,” according to CNET. The company and Liewald originally had an agreement in place to use the image, but Liewald maintained in a court filing that the only permission he gave Apple regarding the photograph was to use it for “layout purposes only.” Liewald said Apple misused the rights to the image when it appeared on stage at the MacBook Pro’s unveiling and in marketing material — both of which fall under commercial use.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in October 2012 and as of last Wednesday was dismissed, according to recently released court documents. The reason for dismissal was because of a settlement between the parties. Terms of the settlement were not released.

Apple settles Retina artwork lawsuit with Swiss artist originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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