LOS ANGELES — A Beverly Hills photo agency is suing a female celebrity, alleging copyright infringement.
FameFlynet, Inc. filed a complaint Nov. 15 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Angela Renée White, professionally known as Blac Chyna, and Does 1 through 10, allegingviolation of the Copyright Act of 1976.
According to the complaint, on Dec. 2, 2016, FameFlynet became the owner and copyright holder of a photographic image of Chyna with her son and her then-boyfriend out in public in Calabasas. The suit says the photo was published in major new outlets including The Daily Mail and Hollywood Life. FameFlynet alleges the photo was copied and distributed on the defendant's Instagram page Dec. 3, 2016, without authorization or permission to do so.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants did not disclose their authorized uses of the copyright photograph or seek permission to use the photograph in their social media platforms.
FameFlynet seeks trial by jur,yactual damages, statutory damages between $2,500 and $25,000, plus pre-judgment interest, attorney fees, court costs and all other relief the court deems just and proper. It is represented by attorney Peter E. Perkowski of Perkowski Legal PC in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:17-cv-08322-CAS-E