US photographer sues scandal blogger Perez Hilton - for $2.1M
NEW YORK TIMES photographer Robert Caplin is suing celebrity blogger Perez Hilton for $2.1M. According to court documents, Caplin claims Hilton (whose real name is Mario Lavandeira Jr.) used 14 copyrighted photographs of Glee actor Darren Criss without asking after Caplin published 32 of the photographs to an online gallery (the photographs were originally published in a New York Times story about Criss' Broadway debut).
In addition to publishing the photos, Hilton slapped a "PEREZHILTON.COM" watermark to the photographs and linked the images to a store selling the clothing worn by Criss in the images.
An explanation of how US statutory damages work is overdue. Nag us.