Headshot of Robert Caplin used with permission
UPDATE: Here’s how it all went down.
Perez Hilton is in some serious trouble today. According to Courthouse News Service, NYTimes Photographer Robert Caplin (who also runs the Photo Brigade) is suing the infamous entertainment blogger for $150,000 x 14 after using one of his copyrighted images. Specifically, Hilton used images of Glee Actor Darren Criss, who Caplin actually blogged about photographing. According to the court docs, Perez used 14 of the images–meaning that each image commands a sum of $150,000.
Now here’s the killer part: Perez added his own watermark to the images then applied a hyperlink to the photo for people to shop for clothing.
Caplin apparently called Perez, who apologized for the use and said that he would take them down from the site. But he didn’t. And that is when Caplin decided to sue.
This is still a very new story, but we’ll be following it closely. We tried contacting Caplin for commentary, but couldn’t reach him.