Thursday, November 15, 2012

Motley Crue: To Fast for Love, with commentary on recent legal squabble

Once I read about this lawsuit - I went out and bought this album.  I took these photos of the front and back cover and stitched them together using Photoshop.  This article is from Law360,  New York (October 10, 2012, 3:39 PM ET) -- An Illinois man recetnly failed to kick-start his copyright litigation against Motley Crue over the rockers' use of photos of themselves at live shows, with the judge saying he lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.  U.S. District Judge John F. Grady granted Motley Crue's motion to dismiss the lawsuit claiming the band improperly displayed copyrighted images of themselves as a backdrop during recent concerts, saying he didn't have jurisdiction to hear the case and that plaintiff Ron Toma failed to prove the band had sufficient...The plaintiff, Toma, was fighting the band over the picture that photographer Michael Pinter took in 1981, which famously depicts a close-up of a studded belt buckle and a crotch in tight leather pants.  To this blogger - the album cover also looks very similar to the Rolling Stones'  Sticky Fingers album cover.  Toma claimed to have obtained the rights to the pictures “through written assignments,” and is now suing Motley Cwas then (again) for “injunctive relief and damages relating to the defendants’ copyright infringement of Toma’s intellectual property,” according to the papers, which were filed in the Illinois Northern District Court.  This is the fourth time that Toma has sued the band in the past four years.  The latest suit was filed September 26 of 2012, in light of the photo being used for the band’s 2011 30th Anniversary Tour, when a giant reincarnation was displayed behind the band as they performed on stage.

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