Popular celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton had his site shut down for several hours after the host received complaints about the copyrighted photos on it.
On Tuesday, Perez was silenced, but the quote-unquote gossip gangsta was back online Wednesday - hosted by a different Internet service provider.
The celebrity gossip "writer," whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, is the target of several lawsuits by paparazzi and others who claim he posts their photos and videos on his site without permission.
Pararazzi agencies make big bucks selling exclusive celebrity photos to sites and magazines. The companies that have sued Lavandeira say he has refused to pay fees to license the photos, claiming he has a right as a journalist to use them for free.
Perez Hilton routinely posts tabloid photos of celebrities and adds really lame drawings, stupid blogs and scribbled, unfunny commentary on and under them.
Mario Lavandeira vehemently defends his actions, saying his "commentary" on the photos constitutes "fair use" and is protected by copyright law.
Los Angeles photo agency X17 Online sued Lavandeira over copyright violations in federal court last year, asking for $7.6 million in damages.
The suit claimed Hilton used 51 photos without permission, payment or credit, including images of a pregnant Katie Holmes, Kevin Federline pumping gas and Britney Spears.
We're gonna assume that the Associated Press, who reported this story, means a photo of K-Fed pumping gas and a separate photo of Britney Spears - not a pic of FedEx up in that.
A judge denied the firm's motion for an injunction against Perez Hilton, although the lawsuit continues, as does another filed on behalf of several other photo agencies.
A lawsuit filed by Universal Studios claiming the site posted a stolen photo of Jennifer Aniston from the film The Break-Up is also pending.