A photographer’s Grinch-themed Christmas photoshoots have been going viral this week, making appearances on news outlets such as People and the Today Show. However, things have since taken a sour turn after the photographer received an email from Dr. Seuss Enterprises threatening legal action for using their character for commercial gain.
Photographer Kim Durham has been making international news with her recent kids’ photoshoots. Gaining recognition for the unconventional shoots in which children appear, often screaming and crying, opposite the Grinch, the shots have proved popular with parents everywhere.
Now, an email is circulating the internet on behalf of the company who own the rights to the character of the Grinch. A cease and desist has been issued to Durham, instructing her to halt trading any shoots that include the Grinch. The email insists she “remove and destroy any and all promotional materials and photographs for the Grinch Photo Shoots, whether print or digital, that incorporate the Dr Seuss Intellectual Property, or similar variations thereof.”
The email ends with asking for an acknowledgment of the notice within seven days and invites Durham to provide a copy of any relevant authorization if she believes her work is not infringing on the company’s copyright.
Interestingly, Durham’s Facebook page has since been deactivated.
Should Durham be allowed to shoot Grinch-themed photos?