Perez Hilton may stand behind drunk driving – but a photo agency is finally getting in front of a lawsuit against the pompous celebrity blogger.
X17 Inc., a Los Angeles company known for its images of stars in personal or embarrassing moments, has officially filed aÂ federal copyright infringement suit against Hilton.
The papers claim Perez used 51 photographs without permission, payment or credit on his tabloid site, including images of a pregnant Katie Holmes, Kevin Federline pumping gas and Britney Spears going commando.
The nerve of some bloggers.
“We’ve had trouble with a lot of bloggers,” X17 co-owner Brandy Navarre told the Los Angeles Times for a story on its Web site. “But he’s the biggest, and the most arrogant and pigheaded about it, frankly.
“He is stealing our images and costing us money every day,” she said.
Perez, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, is annoying and actually like Paris Hilton. He also said he believes he has done nothing illegal.
“I am going to vigorously defend myself,” he said. “I am willing to step up to the plate and fight for my rights and fight for the rights of all bloggers.”
His attorney, Bryan Freedman, said Hilton has a legal right to make satirical or humorous use of newsworthy photographs.
If the copyright lawsuit succeeds, “the effect would be to eliminate the ability to comment on and transform photographs under the fair-use exception to the Copyright Act,” Freedman said.
Sounds like an important act to The Hollywood Gossip. But we don’t need to alter images. Ashlee Simpson appears strung out all on her own.