A Los Angeles celebrity photographer sued the cinema listings website Moviefone Friday, alleging that his photo of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from “The X-Files” television show was used online without his permission.
Attorneys for Michael Grecco Productions contend in the copyright infringement lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles federal court, that Grecco is the exclusive rights holder to the photograph and has no record of having licensed or granted permission to Moviefone for its use.
A representative for Born in Cleveland LLC, owner-operators of Moviefone, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Grecco alleges that his lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Los Angeles company last month, requesting that the image be removed from the website, but never received a response.
“Due to the high quality and limited availability of Grecco’s works, MGP routinely licenses and/or sells individual photographs to media outlets for thousands of dollars,” according to the complaint.
The image was used on the Moviefone website to illustrate an article titled “Here’s Why `The X-Files’ Split Up Mulder and Scully (With No Romance Ahead),” according to Grecco.
The suit seeks up to $150,000 in damages and a finding that Grecco’s copyright was infringed.
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