Sunday, July 31, 2011

Copyright Infringement: Photographer Sues News Corp, Fox News Over Assata Shakur Photograph

In Buford v. News Corp, complaint here the plaintiff photographer has sued Fox News and Dow Jones over the use of an allegedly rare photograph of the fugitive Assata Shakur (aka Joanne Chesimard).

According to the complaint, there is a one million dollar reward out for Shakur by the FBI because she killed a NJ State Trooper in 1973.   She was granted asylum by Cuba.   The photographer travelled to Cuba and took Shakur's photographer.   Because of the difficulty of accessing Shakur, the photograph is alleged to be very valuable.

The O'Reilly Factor on Fox and the Jon Stewart show allegedly used the photograph with a caption mentioning the murder of the state trooper.

Fox News criticized the Obama Administration for inviting rapper Common who had glorified Shakur's murder of the state trooper in a song, story here.   More from, in which Assata discusses a "Nazi subculture" in the New Jersey police here.

The complaint claiming copyright infringement is here.
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