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CBS Sues Photographer For Posting Screenshots Of An Old TV Show On Social Media
By Izza Sofia, 07 Nov 2017
CBS Broadcasting is suing photojournalist Jon Tannen for sharing screenshots from an old television show on social media.
The lawsuit against New York photojournalist Jon Tannen, is essentially a retaliatory strike. Tannen sued CBS Interactive in February, claiming that the online division of CBS had used two of his photographs without permission. Now, CBS has sued Tannen back, claiming that he “hypocritically” used CBS’ intellectual property “while simultaneously bringing suit against Plaintiff's sister company, CBS Interactive Inc., claiming it had violated his own copyright.”
“Without any license or authorization from Plaintiff, Defendant has copied and published via social media platforms images copied from the ‘Dooley Surrenders’ episode of GUNSMOKE,” write CBS lawyers.
CBS is asking for $150,000 in damages for infringement. The exact nature of Tannen’s alleged infringement is not clear from the complaint, which does not identify the “social media platforms” that Tannen used or describe the images.
A CBS spokesperson would not identify the exact nature of Tannen’s alleged infringement. The company offered only this statement via email, “Matt, Doc, Chester and Miss Kitty are part of the CBS family. Anybody who tries to do them dirt will end up on boot hill.”
The legal tiff between Tannen and CBS began earlier this year. In January 2017, the CBS-owned website ‘247 Sports” published an article titled “Massoud could be the next great one from New York City” about Sofian Massoud, a star football player at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.
According to Tannen, the article used two of his photographs without permission. Tannen had photographed Massoud on 20 September 2016 and 7 December 2016, publishing both photos on Facebook. Tannen sued CBS seeking US$150,000 per work. The article remains up, but Tannen’s photographs have been stripped out.
[via PetaPixel, opening image via YouTube]
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