Annie Leibovitz

Highly paid snapper Annie Leibovitz is facing lawsuits. An Italian photographer is suing her for breach of copyright. In another case, Leibovitz persuaded a judge on Thursday to grant her another month to answer a lawsuit filed by Art Capital Group, who allege she reneged on a $24 million loan agreement. And as Leibovitz tries to see off creditors, she has been handed another potentially disastrous lawsuit. Photographer Paolo Pizzetti is suing her for $300,000 over claims she infringed his copyright on two photos he shot in 2008. In the lawsuit filed at Manhattan Federal Court yesterday, Pizzetti states Leibovitz’s team hired him to scout a location for a calendar for a Lavazza coffee campaign. He was later advised the shoot had moved to New York, only to discover that on the calendar’s release, his photos had been used without his consent, according to the court documents. He insists he never handed over the copyright to Leibovitz and wants the images destroyed.
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