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X17 sues PerezHilton.com for $7.6m for copyright infringement
Sunday, December 17, 2006 - reddit
The AP reported this morning that X17 Inc. is suing PerezHilton.com for copyright infringement. There are dozens of high traffic sites that do nothing but post celebrity news and gossip, along with a healthy dose of paparazzi pictures invariably belonging to somebody else.
The suit claims Hilton used 51 photographs without permission, payment or credit, including images of a pregnant Katie Holmes, Kevin Federline pumping gas and Britney Spears showing her, um, assets.X17 is seeking $7.6 million, which only covers the statutory damages they may claim if the court finds the infringement was willful. They company can still claim other damages such as lost sales.
"We've had trouble with a lot of bloggers," X17 co-owner Brandy Navarre told the Los Angeles Times for a story on its Web site. "But he's the biggest, and the most arrogant and pigheaded about it, frankly.
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