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David LaChapelle & Rihanna Settle Copycat Lawsuit

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Good news for David LaChapelle!

The photographer has settled his copyright violation lawsuit against Rihanna for an unspecified amount of money.

In case you forgot, LaChapelle claimed scenes from RiRi's S&M music video were "directly derived from and substantially similar to" eight of his own photographs.

A rep for the photog said "David is happy with the settlement."

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David LaChapelle's Lawsuit Against Rihanna Is Going To Trial!

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Fashion photographer David LaChapelle will get his day in court after a New York City judge ruled he can continue pursuing his lawsuit against Rihanna.

US District Judge Shira Scheindlin noticed the similarities between LaChapelle's images and those allegedly recreated in RiRi's S&M music video.

However, it wasn't a complete win for the photographer.

The only thing LaChapelle can sue for is copyright violation. The other claims of trade-dress infringement, unfair competition and unjust enrichment were all dismissed.

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Hurt Locker Team Sues 5,000 BitTorrent Users!!!

Filed under: Film FlickersLegal Matters

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We're getting Napster flashbacks!!!

The producers behind the Oscar-winning film, The Hurt Locker, started a crusade a few months ago to sue BitTorrent users for illegally downloading their movie online.

As of yesterday, an official suit was filed and 5,000 BitTorrent users will be handed subpoenas for being in violation of copyright laws.

In one of the biggest lawsuits ever against individuals, Voltage Pictures is seeking $1,500 from each person to settle. They further warn if people won't settle, they'll go at them for ten times as much when and if the case goes to court.

Makes you want to rethink keeping your Netflix membership, huh? Might be worth it to keep it around!

As of now, a list of offenders has not been given to Voltage Pictures, only the IP addresses of the accused. But give it some time! Soon, those producers will be storming these people's homes in their own war!

That really sucks for the poor film student who can't even afford a package of Ramen Noodles and now has to cough up $1,500!

Shame!

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