Photographer Sues Celebrity Blogger Perez Hilton for Copyright Infringement
Interesting story of the week. Famous blogger, Perez Hilton is being sued by NYTimes Photographer Robert Caplin, who also runs the Photo Brigade. Perez Hilton is being sued for copyright infringement of 14 photos of Glee star Darren Criss (who doesn’t love Darren Criss?). Robert is seeking $150,000 per photo which equals out to an astonishing $2,100,000 dollars.
As if having your celebrity portraits ripped off by another celebrity who works in the blogging business (and should know better) isn’t bad enough, what’s especially painful is that Hilton slapped his own watermarks onto the photos and linked them to a site for his readers to shop from.
Robert Caplin says that he contacted Hilton and that the blogger apologized and agreed to take the photos down. As expected the photos were never removed. The photos are amazing and are definitely worth defending in a court room setting. Question is, do you agree with the price tag for each individual photo for damages? If anything this should make a statement in the entertainment blogging world.
Via: The Phoblographer
Photos used with permission.
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