Rod Stewart Sued In Photo Dispute
A photographer has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against singer Rod Stewart, claiming that pictures she took have appeared on T-shirts and in the musician's concert program books without herA photographer has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against singer Rod Stewart, claiming that pictures she took have appeared on T-shirts and in the musician's concert program books without her consent.
Pat Morris-Evans of Gainesville, Va., filed the lawsuit yesterday (May 20) in federal court in Los Angeles. Stewart has filed his own Superior Court lawsuit last week against Morris-Evans and her daughter for allegedly trying to extort $500,000 from him for the use of two photos of the singer.
Stewart's lawsuit said the daughter, Laura Morris, was hired to produce a music video for "I Can't Deny It," which appears on his 2000 Atlantic album "Human." She brought along her mother, who "surreptitiously" took several photos of Stewart, despite being told not to do so, the suit claims.
Morris-Evans later persuaded Stewart's manager to buy two of the photos, which appeared in a concert tour book. She was paid $1,000 for the shots, the lawsuit claims. She allegedly threatened legal action if she wasn't paid $500,000 or more for the photos.
The federal complaint that Morris-Evans filed says the photos were registered Oct. 25. She seeks lost profits and a court order barring Stewart, his manager, and four companies associated with the musician from making copies of her photos.
As previously reported, earlier this year Stewart signed to J Records in a worldwide, multi-album deal after more than 25 years in the Warner-Elektra-Atlantic family of labels. His next album is due in October.
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