LOS ANGELES – A New York-based professional photojournalist alleges a Simi Valley business unlawfully used his 2017 photograph on its website.
Robert Stridiron filed a complaint on Aug. 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Safety Unlimited Inc. alleging copyright infringement.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff's licensed photograph was used on defendant's website without plaintiff's permission or consent to be published on the website. The suit states the photograph was of New York firefighters and EMS workers responding to a construction accident.
The plaintiff holds Safety Unlimited Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly infringed plaintiff’s copyright in the photograph by reproducing and publicly displaying the photograph on its website without authorization.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for actual and statutory damages, costs, expenses, attorneys' fees, prejudgment interest, and such other and further relief as the court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Gregory P. Goonan of The Affinity Law Group in San Diego.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-07486-ODW-JPR