March 24, 2013
Shutterfly has sued Kodak with the aim of shutting down one of the beleaguered photo company's apps. As noted by Reuters, "Shutterfly bought the Kodak Gallery online photo business for $23.8 million last year, and as part of the deal Kodak agreed not to set up a duplicate business, according to court documents." But in a complaint filed on Friday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, Shutterfly claims that Kodak is violating the sale agreement with its My Kodak Moments app. Available on iOS, Android, and Facebook, My Kodak Moments lets users order photo prints and photo books. Evidently, My Kodak Moments is in direct competition with Shutterfly's flagship photo prints and photo books service. The service is available through the company's website and its official iOS app, which was significantly updated earlier this month. Additionally, Shutterfly claims that My Kodak Moments is powered by the same technology behind Kodak Gallery. Kodak Gallery was one of the properties sold by Kodak following its filing for bankruptcy in January last year. The photo storage and sharing site was bought by Shutterfly in March. The site was then shut down in July, with the affected photos subsequently transferred to Shutterfly.