Playboy Sues MediaTakeOut Over Azealia Banks' Nude Photos

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 09/11/2015 | 01:15 PM EDT

Publication says the gossip blog failed to get permission to repost its photos

MediaTakeOut is facing a lawsuit from Playboy Enterprises after the popular gossip blog published the magazine's nude photos of Azealia Banks without permission, reports TheWrap.

 

The suit was filed in a New York federal court on Tuesday, claiming Playboy was the exclusive licensee of the photos and had a registration for the images from the U.S. Copyright Office. MediaTakeOut published the photos in March with its own watermark on the images.

 

The photos were intended for the April 2015 issue of Playboy magazine.

 

"Upon information and belief, defendant knowingly altered and/or falsified copyright management information to conceal defendant’s infringement of plaintiff’s registered and unregistered copyright works," the suit states. The complaint includes allegations of copyright infringement and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

 

Playboy is asking for damages of "up to $150,000 for each copyright infringement" and up to $25,000 for each violation of the DMCA.

 

(Photos from left: Playboy, WENN.com)

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