N.Y. state photographer raises copyright infringement allegations against local Spanish-language publication

By John Suayan | Oct 18, 2018

HOUSTON – A Brooklyn, N.Y.-based photographer is suing a local Spanish-language publication for copyright infringement.

In a lawsuit filed on Oct. 17 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, Theodore Parisienne claims that El Venezolano De Houston Newspaper LLC did not seek his permission prior to using his photograph of a runaway bull that escaped a slaughterhouse in an online article titled Toro escapa de un matadero y causa pánico en las calles de Nueva York.

“El Venezolano did not license the photograph from plaintiff for its article, nor did El Venezolano have plaintiff’s permission or consent to publish the photograph on its Web site,” the original petition says.

Consequently, Parisienne seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

He is represented by Richard Liebowitz of the Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC in Valley Stream, N.Y.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:18-CV-3847

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