Kendrick Lamar has had an incredible 2015, so far. His highly anticipated March album, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” was considered by many to be leaps and bounds above anything else released in recent months.
But a lawsuit against the rapper involving one of the songs on the album could put Lamar’s celebration on pause.
A freelance, photographer Giordano Cipriani filed documents in New York Federal Court claiming Lamar used as album art a photo Cipriani took earlier this year depicting a woman breastfeeding. The photo was used for Lamar’s song, “The Blacker the Berry”.
According to the suit, Cipriani has requested Lamar stop using the photo and cough up $150,000 for each time it was used in relation to the record. He has also asked that Lamar pay legal fees.
Lamar, Top Dawg Entertainment, and Inter scope Records were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by photographer Giordano Cipriani on Friday, according to court documents acquired by Entertainment Weekly. Cipriani alleges that the photograph of a woman breastfeeding two children was used without permission and seeks an injunction on Lamar et al. using the photo on the grounds of copyright infringement.
“Cipriani is entitled to damages and Defendants’ profits attributable to the infringement, as well as an accounting of those profits, in an amount to be determined at trial,” the lawsuit reads.
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