At Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC, our practice focuses on protecting photographers, videographers, writers, designers, artists and others whose copyrights are infringed. You have rights in your work, and our firm protects those rights.  Our copyright blog focuses on these issues and can answer many of your questions.

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Photographer Sues Bieber

Photographer Files Lawsuit Against Justin Bieber for Copyright Infringement It’s Justin Bieber’s turn to defend himself against a copyright infringement lawsuit. Photographer Robert Barbera filed a lawsuit against Bieber that, according to Eonline.com, accuses the pop star of the “unauthorized reproduction and public display” of a photograph copyrighted and owned by Barbera. The photo in […]

New Copyright Issues with Paparazzi and Social Media

Social Media, Celebrities, and Paparazzi Bring New Attention to Copyright Issues In an October 30, 2019 article for IP Watchdog.com, Meaghan Kent, Katherine Dearing, and Danae Tinelli highlight some legal issues gaining new attention from a spate of copyright infringement cases involving celebrities, social media, and paparazzi. Many issues remain unresolved because the lawsuits were […]

Copyright Victory

Judge Awards $258,000 to Photographer in Copyright Case Scott Gunnellis, a professional photographer, has won his lawsuit for copyright infringement. American Choppers star Paul Teutel Sr., has been ordered by a federal judge to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the photographer who sued Teutel and others for copyright infringement.   Photographer Alleged American […]

Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

California Artist Is Suing Pixar and Disney For Copyright Violations Daniel Goldblatt, writing for thewrap.com, has reported that a San-Francisco artist has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Pixar and Disney. The lawsuit filed in January alleges that the companies violated her rights by copying her “signature unicorn-covered van — which she calls “Vanicorn” — […]

Lawsuit Copyright Infringement

Agency Files Copyright Lawsuit Against Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez is being sued, again, for copyright infringement. This time, the photo in question is of herself with fiancé Alex Rodriguez. E!News reported on October 7, 2019, that Splash News and Picture Agency claims in a lawsuit that when Lopez posted the photograph to her Instagram feed […]

Photographer Sues Fox For Infringement

A Photographer is Suing Fox News Network for Copyright Infringement Bloomberg News has reported that the Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC is representing Jesse Korman, a photographer who is accusing Fox News Network, LLC of copyright infringement. The photographer alleges that Fox reproduced a picture Korman took of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and used it in one of […]

NYC Landmark Limits Ownership of Pictures

New York City Landmark Limits Photographers’ Rights Hudson Yards, located on the West side of New York City, is the largest private real estate development in the United States. One of its most popular features is a 16-story open-air building called Vessel. Vessel is described as a permanent, interactive art installation. The main attraction of […]

Copyright Infringement Suit Against Model

Photographer Sues Emily Ratajkowski for Copyright Infringement Model and Actress Emily Ratajkowski is one more name on a growing list of celebrities facing off with photographers in legal battles. Ratajkowski, like others, is accused of violating the rights of a photographer by posting a picture without permission. Photographers across the globe have filed similar cases […]

New York Photographer Sues over Benedict Cumberbatch Photo

North Carolina Sees an Increase in Copyright Lawsuits with the Latest Filing by NY Photographer A New York photographer is suing a Wake Forest-based company for copyright infringement. Photographer Steve Sands is represented by attorney Richard Liebowitz, who filed the federal lawsuit on August 8, 2019, in the Eastern District of North Carolina. According to […]

Supreme Court Copyright Infringement Case

Supreme Court Takes on Copyright Infringement The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has agreed to hear the case of Frederick (Rick) Allen, well known filmmaker and photographer. According to Eriq Gardner in his article for the Hollywood Reporter, SCOTUS will determine if the doctrine of Sovereign Immunity protects states from copyright infringement lawsuits […]

Copyright Feud Over Infringement

Photographer Accuses Digital Artist of Stealing There’s no formal lawsuit yet, but a very angry photographer is contemplating filing one. Photographer Jason Weingart is calling digital artist Brent Shavnore a “thief” and a “liar,” alleging he is stealing his photographs and using them in his own work. Peta Pixel recently reported on this feud that […]

Supermodel Copyright Infringement

A Photographer Is Suing Supermodel Gigi Hadid for Copyright Infringement. Again. This time, the photograph in question is her ex-boyfriend Zayn Malik. E!News said that Hadid has not commented about this most recent complaint against her. But, she is no stranger to challenging the notion that the paparazzi have complete control over photographs of celebrities. […]

Collecting Damages Copyright Infringement

Photographers Can Collect Damages for Copyright Infringement Copyright infringement is illegal. If you are a photographer, you work hard to earn a living. You get to decide who uses your pictures and how. You also get to choose how much money, if any, you will charge for them. Copyright infringement occurs with alarming frequency. You […]

Registering Your Copyright

Registering Your Copyright for Your Photographs: Common Questions Where Do I Register? To register for your federal copyright, you must submit information to the US Copyright Office. You can register your photographs by accessing online registration which is located on Office’s website. You may also register by printing and following the instructions on the form, […]

Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Photographer, Friend Suing Prince’s Estate for Copyright Infringement Fstoppers.com reported that Madison Dube is suing the estate of the late singer Prince and “associated companies” for copyright infringement. According to the article’s author Jack Alexander, Dube was a friend and protégé of Prince, who worked for the musician between 2013 and his death in 2016. […]

Photo of John and Yoko Sparks Copyright Lawsuit

Photographer Sues Universal Music for Using his Photo of John Lennon Allan Tannenbaum is an award-winning photographer. He is most well-known for taking photographs of the New York City art and music scene during the 1970s and into the early 1980s. Of his vast portfolio of photos, one, in particular, is now the subject of […]

Famous Photographer Sues for Copyright Infringement

Photographer Sues Clorox for Using Photos in Ways that are “Beyond the Scope” of Their Agreement Jill Greenberg is a photographer known for animal portraits. Her book “Monkey Portraits: Plus a Few Apes” is a New York Times bestseller. In an article posted on AdAge.com, Jack Neff writes that one of her famed photos is […]

Paparazzo Sues For Copyright Infringement Media

Paparazzo Sues Ariana Grande for Copyright Infringement Ariana is no stranger to copyright lawsuits. Earlier this year, painter Vladimir Kush sued her for infringement alleging she used imagery from his art in her “God is a Woman” video. Now, New York-based paparazzo Robert Barbera is suing Ariana Grande for copyright infringement. Barbera alleges that Grande […]

Gig Hadid Seeks Dismissal of Copyright Case

Company Suing Gigi Hadid Faces Possible Dismissal of Case In January 2019, supermodel Gigi Hadid became the defendant in a lawsuit for copyright infringement. She was sued by Xclusive-Lee, Inc., a New York business, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. (Case No 1:19-cv-00520). In a recently published article from […]

Controversial New Copyright Laws in Europe

EU Passes controversial copyright law that will hold websites responsible for their users’ copyright violations. The Hollywood Reporter posted a story in late March describing a highly controversial copyright law recently passed by the European Parliament. It is called the European Union (EU) Copyright Directive and serves to “overhaul copyright law in Europe,” bringing the […]

Artist Sues Arianna Grande

Visual Artist Sues Arianna Grande for Copyright Infringement Artist Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas have filed a federal copyright suit against Arianna Grande. The complaint, filed in Nevada, alleges that Grande’s video for her hit song “God is a Woman” contains images that belong to the artist. The lawsuit seeks […]

Photographer Sues Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid Sued For Copyright Infringement Again Gigi Hadid, supermodel, fashionista, and influencer, is the latest celebrity to be accused of using pictures without permission. According to a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Xclusive-Lee, Inc., the Defendant, Hadid violated its copyright when she posted a photograph of herself to one of her social media feeds. […]

Lopez Sued for Copyright Violation

Photographer Sues Jennifer Lopez For Copyright Infringement Jennifer Lopez is the latest person to join a growing list of celebrities who find themselves defendants in lawsuits filed by photographers. According to an article on diyphotography.net, Michael Stewart is suing Lopez and her production company for copyright infringement. The Facts of The Case Dunja Djudjic reported […]

Photographers Have The Right to Control The Use Of Their Work

If you earn your living as a photographer, it is essential that you be familiar with the laws that govern the rights to your work. Federal copyright law and intellectual property law (IP law) have a profound effect on individuals who create images and content for a living. Your copyright exists the moment you take […]

The New York Times Seeks To Take Total Control Over Photographs

A PDN pulse report claims that photographers have organized a protest against the revised contract that the New York Times (NYT) is demanding they sign. As of June 13, 2018, 137 photographers signed a petition and presented it to the Times urging them to reconsider the terms of the contract. The NYT as of the […]

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