December 01, 2019 Decisions in Brief

Decisions in Brief

John C. Gatz

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Xclusive-Lee, Inc. v. Hadid, No. 19-CV-520, 2019 U.S.P.Q.2d 265437 (E.D.N.Y. July 18, 2019). Jelena Noura “Gigi” Hadid is a well-known international supermodel modeling for major fashion brands such as Fendi and Stuart Weitzman. She was sued for copyright infringement for uploading a cropped version of a photograph of herself allegedly owned by Xclusive (a paparazzi photographer). Hadid moved to dismiss the complaint on the basis that Xclusive failed to allege or obtain a copyright registration in the photograph. The district court agreed with Hadid and dismissed the complaint.

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