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Los Angeles-based BWP Media USA, doing business as Pacific Coast News, filed suit yesterday (July 24) in Los Angeles federal court, claiming the U-T has used copyrighted celebrity photographs on its websites without permission. BWP Media claims the photographs are readily identifiable as copyright-protected.

However, there are questions about BWP. The intellectual property law firm of Milord & Associates in L.A. asks in the headline of a report, "Is BWP Media the New Photo Copyright Infringement Troll?" The law firm says BWP has recently filed more than 50 copyright infringement lawsuits against numerous websites. The law firm goes on to criticize a suit BWP filed against another company.

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WT_Effman July 25, 2014 @ 12:51 p.m.

Fascinating development. I'm curious to see how the U-T responds to this. Usually the copyright trolls target individuals and small businesses that don't have the resources to fight back the claim and will settle rather than fight simply because it's cheaper. Some scholars have identified this odious practice as "strategic litigation."

The website http://www.extortionletterinfo.com has lots of information about this topic. It's become a bit of an epidemic in recent years and some of the most notorious trolls -- such as Getty Images -- have themselves been trolled by others.

What comes around!


Don Bauder July 25, 2014 @ 4:11 p.m.

WT_Effman: If BWP Media can be shown to be a troll, I don't think the U-T will roll over. It has the resources to fight. Best, Don Bauder


Scott Marks July 25, 2014 @ 1 p.m.

This never would have happened on Burl's watch. His party snaps were sui generis.


Don Bauder July 25, 2014 @ 4:16 p.m.

Scott Marks: A U-T photographer usually accompanied Burl Stiff to the high society parties. Those Beautiful People like to see their pictures in print, even if they are really not so beautiful.

Did you ever get your name and/or photo in a Stiff column? Were/are you invited to the BP soirees? Best, Don Bauder


Scott Marks July 25, 2014 @ 5:57 p.m.

Margo Schwab and I are like this...only I'm the thumb.



Don Bauder July 25, 2014 @ 8:59 p.m.

Scott Marks: I have no use for the Beautiful People, but I enjoy reading Margo's material and I like Margo personally. Best, Don Bauder


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