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After TMZ caught Jared Leto badmouthing Taylor Swift on camera last month, things are fast moving through the courts with the actor, the media outlet, and the videographer all PISSED about what's happening!
Back on December 4, things all started when a cameraman named Jacob Miller caught Leto dropping f-bombs about the A-list pop super star.
Later, Leto called out TMZ for copyright infringement in a lawsuit, claiming the entertainment news website had published a stolen video!
But instead of just defending themselves against Leto, TMZ is going after Miller!
TMZ and their parent company Warner Brothers are suing Miller in response to Leto's lawsuit, and the companies claim in a joint statement about Miller's alleged role in the video:
"A the heart of this lawsuit is a straightforward question. Who owned the copyright in the allegedly infringed video on December 4, 2015? On that date, Third-Party Defendant Jacob Guy Miller represented to (TMZ affiliate) EHM that he created the video, that he had the right to and would sell it to EHM, and that he was free to do so 'without any obligations to any third party.'"
And it continues:
"If Mr. Miller was the videographer (as he said he was), and he had the right to transfer the work on December 4 (as he represented), then Plaintiff's infringement claim necessarily fails, because Mr. Miller irrevocably gave EHM the right to publish the work as of that date. If [Leto's company Sisyphus Touring] owned the copyright on December 4, then Mr. Miller breached his representations, and he is liable for any judgment that may issue against [TMZ]."
At the heart of the issue is that TMZ claims they only dealt with Miller's video assuming it was actually his, and not owned by a third party. There's now some question as to whether Miller actually filmed and owned the rights to the video, though.
For what it's worth, Miller ended up selling the video to TMZ for about $2,000, according to Leto's legal documents.
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