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Britney Spears Photo on Billboard’s Website Draws Copyright Suit

July 22, 2021, 6:43 PM

Penske Media Corp. was hit with a copyright lawsuit Thursday by a photographer who says the entertainment news giant used his 1998 photograph of Britney Spears on Billboard’s website without permission.

Eddie Malluk sued Penske, which operates www.Billboard.com, alleging it used the photograph in multiple stories about Spears in 2017 and 2018. One of the articles cited by the plaintiff was entitled, “This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1999, Britney Spears Scored Her First Hot 100 Number ‘One.’”

Malluk says he was “substantially harmed” by the purported misconduct and that if widespread misuse of his photos were to continue, ...

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