9 - 11 Photographer Gives Up Rights
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 7:36 a.m. ET


NEW YORK (AP) -- A freelance photographer who posed as a firefighter during the attack on the World Trade Center has agreed to surrender rights to film he shot of the devastation.

Steven Ferry, 41, also pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a forged instrument -- a fake driver's license that he had when he was arrested. He was wearing Fire Department coveralls and boots and a Rescue 3 hardhat.

Under a plea deal, Ferry is required to relinquish to the Library of Congress all rights to all photos on about 20 rolls of film of the destruction.

State Supreme Court Justice Leslie Crocker Snyder promised Ferry a sentence of 1,200 hours of community service and five years probation. Ferry could have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison.

Ferry was arrested Sept. 13 after he was spotted by several firefighters who had seen him at ground zero on Sept. 11.

Police said Ferry admitted he had taken the clothing without permission.