No Beach Day Copyright Lawsuit for Homeowners Association at Upscale SC Resort | Business


The top of the range Prince george the community just south of Pawleys Island offers everything a multi-million dollar oceanfront mansion buyer could want: bike paths; nature walks; tennis court; swimming pool; a clubhouse; and, of course, a private beach.

But on closer inspection, this beach featured on the Prince George Homeowners Association website is not part of residential development at all. In fact, it’s not even in South Carolina.

This is a photograph of the Cape Hatteras National Park in North Carolina. And, it turns out that the photo is protected by copyright.

Panoramic Stock Images Ltd. – a Chicago-area company that provides photos, for a fee, of landscapes, city skylines, travel destinations and other subjects – pointed out ownership of its copyright in a pair of letters about a year ago at Prince George Community Association. These letters demanded compensation for the use of the image and threatened damages of up to $ 150,000 if the case went to court. As the association did not respond, Panoramic filed a complaint.

In a matter to be heard by Justice Richard Gergel in Charleston, Panoramic accuses the community nonprofit association of copyright infringement. Panoramic wants the community group to pay unspecified actual and punitive damages, and he wants the group banned from using the photo.

The community association denies any wrongdoing, stating in court documents that its use of the photo falls within the Fair use doctrine, which allows the unlicensed use of certain copyrighted material in certain circumstances. To support their position, the group says the photo in question lacks originality and commercial value – some of the factors that would make it eligible for fair use.

The community association adds that it did not know that the image was protected by copyright, that its use of the image was “innocent and unintentional” and that the group did not benefit financially from its. use. A review of the group’s website this week shows the photo has apparently been deleted.

No hearing date has been set.

David Rubenstein will discuss his book “American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream” at the Charleston Library Society on December 14th. File/Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

your basket is empty

You might think the man behind one of the largest private equity firms in the world – a company that has high tech companies among its investments – would be well versed in e-commerce.

Corn David Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group and a speaker on December 14 at a Charleston Library Society event, says he never bought anything from an online retailer.

“I have never bought anything online because my technological skills are limited,” Rubenstein said. Post and courier. “Never. I wouldn’t know how to do it. I’m always afraid that someone will steal my credit card number or something.”

The 72-year-old Baltimore native said his resistance to financial transactions on the web extended to online banking. One of the richest men in the world, with a net worth of $ 4.3 billion, according to Forbes, prefers to do his banking the old-fashioned way.

“I don’t do any of that online,” he said, “But, you know, I realize I’m older and therefore I’m different.”

Rubenstein, who pledged to donate half his fortune to philanthropic causes, has found a niche in the media with a Bloomberg Television show in which he interviews prominent business leaders and as the author of best-selling books examining American history. His most recent book, “The American experience: Dialogues on a dream “, is a collection of interviews with historians, diplomats, music legends, and sports figures exploring topics such as religious freedom, the Vietnam War, civil rights, immigration, and jazz.

Rubenstein will discuss his new book at the Charleston Library Society at 6 p.m. on December 14 at 164 King Street. Tickets cost $ 30. For more information, visit the company website.

Christine Osborne and Patrick Byrant

Christine Osborne, co-founder of the Wonder Works toy store, recently received one of two “Charleston Entrepreneur of the Year Awards” from the Harbor Entrepreneur Center and its president, Patrick Bryant. Harbor Entrepreneur Center / Supplied

Golden Cigars

They started businesses and then withdrew. Now they are reaping the rewards.

Christine osborne, co-founder of the toy store Wonder works, and Jean La Cour, founder of the cybersecurity company PhishLabs, are this year’s recipients of the Charleston Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

the Port Entrepreneurs Center bestowed the honors at its annual Founders Ball recently in Charleston.

Earlier this year, Osborne sold the toy store company she co-founded in 1990 to a longtime Charleston employee. Elizabeth “Schnookie” Darby.

Cybersecurity firm LaCour, founded in Washington, DC, in 2008, a year before moving the business to the Lowcountry, has been sold to a global software company based in Minnesota. Help systems in autumn.

Jean La Cour

Harbor Entrepreneur Center President Patrick Bryant (left) is shown with John LaCour, founder of cybersecurity firm PhishLabs, who recently received one of two “Charleston Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.” Harbor Entrepreneur Center / Supplied

Over 100 Charleston fellow entrepreneurs make nominations and then vote for the business leaders they believe have had the most successful entrepreneurial successes for the Charleston community over the past 12 months.

“I believe that entrepreneurship is the number one agent of change in the world: creating jobs, innovating in new technologies and improving the lives of all,” said Patrick bryant, president of the Harbor Entrepreneur Center. “John and Christine both embody that through the amazing companies they’ve created and launched this year.”

Traditionally, recipients are also given a 24-karat gold cigar to commemorate the occasion.

Give back

The shipping agency that owns and operates the Charleston Harbor has awarded a total of $ 205,000 in grants to 111 nonprofit and community organizations across South Carolina as part of its Community giving program.

It is part of the State Port Authoritythe decision to donate a portion of its income each year to support charities in the communities where the port operates.

The SPA “strongly believes in supporting great South Carolina organizations that work tirelessly to make a meaningful and measurable difference in people’s lives,” Jim Newsome, agency president and CEO, said in a statement. “In a time of economic hardship for many, (SPA) is proud to play a small role in supporting the important work accomplished by grant recipients.

Many of this year’s grant recipients are dedicated to improving the lives of children through mentoring, outdoor and enrichment programs, and confidence-building programs. The grants will also support literacy programs, food programs for people in need and the elderly, literacy programs and workforce development.

For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the SPA website.

Dominion scholarships

Clinton Washington III was in trouble a year ago. the Furman University The student was stressed by the spread of COVID-19, with his mother the sole breadwinner and the school’s spring semester preparing to begin.

A notification from Energy of Domination helped relieve her stress.

Washington was one of the first recipients of a scholarship awarded through the public service Education Equity Scholarship Program.

“When I received the news regarding the Dominion Energy Scholarship for Equity in Education, I was so ecstatic because I knew it would create immense relief for myself and my family to enter my last. year, ”Washington said.

Dominion is preparing to award an additional 60 scholarships to students planning to attend two- and four-year colleges in the 2022 school year.

The Virginia-based utility has $ 500,000 in scholarships to be awarded to under-represented minority students. Twenty scholarships of $ 5,000 each will go to students enrolled in two-year schools and 40 scholarships of $ 10,000 each will go to students enrolled in four-year schools.

Dominion CEO Robert M. Blue said that helping reduce the financial hurdle many underrepresented students face allows scholarship recipients to have better access to post-secondary education and additional opportunities to propel their future.

The application period for the 2022 scholarships opened on November 30 and will end on January 25. To be eligible, students must identify themselves as Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or native of Alaska; Asian; or native of Hawaii or other Pacific Islander with graduate fees.

Applicants must be high school or graduate students, or current undergraduate students residing in Connecticut, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho , Wyoming, or Utah, with the intention of enrolling full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or technical vocational school for the entire upcoming school year.

Dominion plans to spend a total of $ 10 million over six years to help underrepresented minority students meet their higher education expenses. For more information or to apply, visit

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