Photographer Sues CBS Over Use Of Photos On Websites, Football Telecast Without Permission, Credit
January 26, 2016 at 3:58 AM (PT)
A photographer is suing CBS RADIO, INC. and CBS BROADCASTING, INC as well as cable sports channel SNY parent partnership STERLING ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISES LLC for posting copyrighted pictures of NEW YORK JETS quarterback GENO SMITH on its website without permission.
ANGEL CHEVRESTT took pictures of a shirtless SMITH shortly after the locker room incident last AUGUST in which then-teammate IKEMEFUNA ENEMKPALI punched him in the face. Two of the photos appeared in the NEW YORK POST with proper credit, in both print and web editions. The suit alleges that CBS took CHEVRESTT's credit off the photos, credited them to the POST, and posted the photos on its CBS LOCAL MEDIA sites without permission and showed them on the JETS-ATLANTA FALCONS game telecast on AUGUST 21st, also without credit or permission. SNY then rebroadcast the CBS coverage of the game, including the alleged infringement.
The suit was filed SATURDAY in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NEW YORK and requests statutory damages of up to $150,000 per work plus attorney's fees and costs for the infringement and $2,500 per work up to an aggregate $25,000 for the lack of credit.