U.S. News | Bleacher Report Sued for Using Photographs Without Permission

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A photographer, Howard Schatz has filed a lawsuit in the Central District of California against a sports website, Bleacher Report, and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant’s website willfully copied, reproduced, displayed, and distributed its copyrighted photographs without permission or obtaining a license.

The plaintiff reportedly said that he created and exclusively owns the subject copyrighted photographs which were featured in three articles on their website that focused on baseball, Albert Pujols, and Andre Ward v. Arthur Abraham.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendants illegally removed his copyright management information and added false copyright management information to the photographs before publishing or distributing the content.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants published the infringing contents for financial benefit and had benefited a lot from the use of the infringing photos without obtaining a license or the plaintiff’s permission for their use of his photographs on their site.

According to the plaintiff, Schatz accused Bleacher Report and the other defendant of willful and intentional copyright infringement, vicarious and contributory copyright infringement, and other copyright law violations.

The plaintiff is seeking jury and permanent injunction from further infringement and outright removal of the content that includes the infringing photographs in part or whole, an award for defendants’ profits or other monetary gains from said infringement, to create a constructive trust, an award for damages, an award for costs and fees, pre and post-judgment interest, and other relief.

The case is ongoing.

Schatz v. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., et al

Judge: Michael W Fitzgerald
Court: California Central District Court
Case #:  2:20-cv-07585
Nature of Suit: Copyright
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: August 20, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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