I have to tell you on the side of enforcement of copyright infringement, way too many people and companies think nothing of stealing images, music, films and ideas and unless you have been the victim of this type of theft, it is hard to understand and feel the depth of the problem
As I understand it they wanted to use the original image but didn't want to pay for it and so deliberately set out to recreate it. It wasn't a case of it happening to be similar.
If they wanted the same shot, the should have gotten the same shot. My God....did you people SEE the 2 shots? It's like the court ruled that no one else can use an image of a red bus on a black and white London street. If there is an appeal and they want to hire an international photography expert.....I'll need to be flown there and VERY well compensated
In just a 4 minute search, I was able to find these images of red buses in (predominantly) black and white images.
red buses in monochrome images - a gallery on Flickr
Are they all "guilty"? Who did it first?
And I wonder how the photographer who created this shot feels about it.....clearly it is much older....
Red Buses by Big Ben Posters by Janet Gill at AllPosters.com
Well, I read a bit more and I understand the LEGAL arguments. But it is certainly a different matter from common sense. I reckon you could go back to images from the earliest days of the red buses and find similar shots.