U.S. News | Photographer Sues Kemp Campaign over Unauthorized Photo

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Kevin Liles, an Atlanta-based photographer who regularly shoots photos featured in national news outlets has filed a federal lawsuit against the campaign of Georgia’s new governor and the state Republican Party over a copyrighted photo he shot that was used in Kemp campaign ad without authorization.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff allege that a photo he shot in 2017 of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, was used without his permission in a negative campaign ad.

The State Republican Party lawyer, Vincent Russo, reportedly stated that the issues raised by Kevin Liles are been reviewed and a quick resolution is expected on this matter.

The plaintiff alleges that the photo shows Stacey Abrams sitting in front of portraits at the state Capitol and it was licensed to The New York Times, which included a photo credit with his name when it used the photo with a May 2017 publication .

The lawsuit says that Kemp’s campaign and the state Republican party copied the photo without Liles’ permission and distributed it online in a campaign ad in September last year which has infringed Liles’ copyright.

Kevin Liles is seeking payment for actual damages, legal costs and any profits they may have received from the use of the photo and statutory damages if chosen by the plaintiff.

Kemp was sworn in as governor Monday afternoon.

Liles v. Georgia Republican Party Inc. et al

Georgia Northern District Court
Judge:Leigh Martin May
Case #:1:19-cv-00151
Nature of SuitCopyrights
CauseCopyright Infringement
Case Filed:Jan 08, 2019
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