Photographer Sues B.B. King's Estate over Alleged Unauthorized Use of Pics He Took of the Late Bluesman
A photojournalist named Glen Craig filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit Monday against the estate of B.B. King and other parties, alleging that his photos of the late blues legend have been used on album covers and promotional materials without permission for more than 40 years.
The lawsuit claims, "Craig photographed B.B. King in a series of photographs during his music tours" that were reproduced without authorization. Craig cited 44 examples of his work that allegedly were used without his permission. He is seeking damages of $150,000 per infringement, which adds up to well over $6 million.
The lawsuit also names King's record label, Universal Music Group, and KingSid Ventures film production company.
The influential guitarist died in May 2015 at the age of 89.
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