Perez Hilton Lawsuit Woes

December 18, 2006
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Popular gossip blogger Perez Hilton is being sued for 7.6 million dollars for using celebrity photos without permission. X17, Inc. is making an example out of Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira. The suit alleges that Lavandeira used 51 photos of various celebrities, including pregnant Katie Holmes, and (most recently) Britney Spears’ undercover shots. Read the article here.



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One Response to “Perez Hilton Lawsuit Woes”

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    none Says:

    If he doesn’t do something before the court date and it does go to court, he’ll lose. He’s not parodying the people, he’s presenting copyrighted photos on his site without paying for them or being given permission as you need to do by law. He is trying to say that Fair Use permits him to use without permission or payment, pictures that others have taken. Fair Use allows for people to use parts of a work when analyzing or criticizing the work itself, but he isn’t analyzing the work (the picture), he’s writing about the people in the pictures, which is a huge difference.

    The four factors of Fair Use:
    1. The Transformative Factor: The Purpose and Character of Your Use – perez 0, x17 1
    2. The Nature of the Copyrighted Work – perez 0, x17 2 (as I understand it, perezhilton.com acquired and used some photos before they could be sold, thus making them useless to others)
    3. The Amount and Substantiality of the Portion Taken – perez 0, x17 3
    4. The Effect of the Use Upon the Potential Market – perez 0, x17 4

    Total score – perez 0, x17 4 PEREZ LOSES!

    http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter9/index.html