*Some photos of legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC has sparked a legal battle between a photographer and promotions giant Live Nation.
New York City street and hip-hop photographer Glen Friedman has filed suit against the company alleging they have breached copyright laws by using his images on merchandise without permission. Friedman filed papers at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday (March 9), according to allhiphop.com.
The copyright infringement lawsuit also targets two other companies – Art.com and Anthill Trading – and claims all three defendants “had access to the subject images, without limitations, access through books, access through copies published on the internet and access through illegal copies.”
Friedman is demanding executives at the companies hand over all profits derived from the sales of t-shirts and calendars featuring the images in question, as well as attorney fees and court costs.
Friedman is also suing Mr. Brainwash (or Thierry Guetta), the French filmmaker-turned-imitation street artist in Banksy’s Oscar-nominated documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” for his use of Friedman’s 1985 portrait of Run-DMC (below left) in a 2008 artwork (below right).