Rod Stewart Sued for Reusing Image of the Back of His Head

September 5, 2014Article
The Hollywood Reporter

Celebrity photographer Bonnie Schiffman has filed a copyright lawsuit that claims Rod Stewart misused an image she took that adorned the singer's 1989 greatest hits album as the centerpiece of his comeback tour.

According to a complaint filed Thursday in California federal court, the exploitation of the "replicate image, an unmistakable copy" is impermissible without authorization.

The image was created in 1981, says the lawsuit, and it featured the back of Rod Stewart's head and shoulders. Stewart's "signature bouffant hair style" made it memorable and the choice for Stewart's Storyteller album, released by Warner Bros. Records. The photo was licensed non-exclusively back then. The complaint doesn't go into any detail about the terms.

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