The copyright infringement case that forced a Federal judge to evaluate the originality of sadomasochistic motifs has ended in a settlement. Pop singer Rihanna has reached an out-of-court settlement agreement with photographer David LaChapelle, who sued her earlier this year for copyright infringement. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
LaChapelle was seeking at least $1 million in damages from Rihanna, alleging that some scenes from the video for her hit single called “S&M” were rip-offs of sadomasochistic images LaChapelle had created and published over the years.
The full news story on the case is now on PDNOnline.
Photographer Carol M. Highsmith has sued Getty Images for copyright infringement, alleging “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs of Americana. She is seeking $1 billion in damages, an unusually high amount for a copyright infringement claim. Highsmith filed suit July 25 in federal court in New York, alleging that Getty and its subsidiaries have... More ›
The sister of deceased American journalist Marie Colvin has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. district court in Washington D.C. against the state of Syria, alleging that Colvin was deliberately targeted for extrajudicial killing by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The 2012 artillery attack on a media center in Homs killed Colvin, 56,... More ›
When we published our story “What Lawyers See When They Look at Editorial Photography Contracts” in the June issue of PDN, we asked readers to tell us about editorial contracts they feel are unfair to photographers. We received a copy of a “Vice Media Photographer Agreement” that a Vice website sent to a photographer earlier... More ›