Celebrity bloggers: it’s only a matter of time before each and every one gets taken to court. Hiding behind their Macbooks, they feel this false sense of invulnerability while spreading gossip and rumors as if they were verbal forms of “Bieber-onic” plague. With a ‘no holds barred’ style of gossip, it was inevitable that Perez Hilton would find himself in court.
Rather than being one of the many celebrities Hilton has undoubtedly offended over the years, the plaintiff in this case is photographer Robert Caplin. The New York Times employee who also runs the Photo Brigade is suing for copyright infringement of 14 photos of Glee star Darren Criss. Caplin had been asked by the Times to photograph the actor/performer to accompany their story about his upcoming Broadway debut in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” For somebody who works in the industry and surely knows better, Hilton not only used the pictures without permission, but also proceeded to take credit for them by including his own watermark on the photographs.
The lawsuit states that Caplin contacted the blogger and informed him of the infringement. Apologizing for his actions, Hilton agreed to remove them from his gossip website. As expected, he failed to do so. Understandably frustrated, Caplin is seeking damages of $150,000 per photo—a total of $2,100,000. Despite the court ruling, this will prove to make a statement in the entertainment blogging world.
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