Rapper Said He Never Stole Photog’s Work To Promote New Album
Kendrick Lamar blasted a lawsuit accusing him of ripping off another artist’s photo, with the rapper saying he didn’t steal anything and doesn’t owe a dime and is demanding the judge dismiss the entire case!
Gioradno Cipriani filed a federal lawsuit against Kendrick Lamar, Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment last year, claiming Kendrick stole one of his photos – taken in Africa back in 2011 – and shows a mother breastfeeding her child.
He explained he is a freelance photographer who has had his art featured in numerous publications … and he earns his living by licensing the rights to his work.
The lawsuit stated Kendrick released his album “To Pimp a Butterfly” in March of this year. The album included the single “The Blacker the Berry,” which the photographer says is where Kendrick used his photo to promote the single via online marketing on his various social media accounts.
Cipriani said the rapper never asked for permission nor did the record labels and nobody paid him a dime. He demanded an injunction against Kendrick from continuing to rip off his work along with damages for the unauthorized use of his photo on the album.
Then on January 15th, Kendrick blasted the photographer’s lawsuit and demanded the entire case be thrown out of court ASAP!
The rapper said that Cipriani never stated anywhere in his complaint that he even owned a copyright for the photo. Kendrick believed this was omitted because the man didn’t own one at the time his album was released.
Kendrick said the suit saying it’s a bunch of nonsense and the photographer doesn’t have a case. The rapper is demanding the whole suit be thrown out and the man be awarded nothing including his motion for an injunction.