LOS ANGELES – A New
York operator of a celebrity lifestyle, gossip and online retail site is
accused of unlawfully using photos of Beyonce.
Photographs LLC filed a complaint on March 8 in the U.S. District Court
for the Central District of California against the Black Celebrity Kids
Inc. and Does 1-10
alleging copyright infringement. According to the complaint, the
plaintiff is a
celebrity photography agency
and owns the copyrights to several photographs of Beyonce Knowles. The
plaintiff holds Black Celebrity Kids Inc. and Does 1-10 responsible
because the defendants allegedly used three of the plaintiff's photos on
its website bckonline.com without permission or a license.
plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against
defendants, actual and statutory damages, costs, interest, attorney’s
fees, account for and pay over to plaintiff all profits derived from
infringement, and further relief as the court may deem just. It is
represented by Peter R. Afrasiabi and John Tehranian of One LLP in
Newport Beach and Joanna Ardalan and Oscar M. Orozco-Botello of One LLP
in Beverly Hills.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:17-cv-01861