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Professional photographer claims Liberman Broadcasting illegally used his photo of 'El Chapo'

Lawsuits

By Marian Johns | Jan 21, 2020

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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is taken into custody. A similar image is at the heart of a copyright infringement lawsuit.

HOUSTON – A professional photographer is claiming copyright infringement against Liberman Broadcasting for its alleged use of his photo of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Christopher Sadowski filed a complaint Jan. 9 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Liberman Broadcasting Inc. alleging copyright infringement.

Sadowski is a New Jersey-based professional photographer. He alleges that his photograph of Guzman "seen for the last time heading to prison" was illegally used on Liberman Broadcasting's website, www.LaRanchera.EstrellaTV.com, on July 19, 2019. Sadowski claims he did not give permission or consent to use the copyrighted photo. 

Sadowski seeks monetary relief of up to $150,000, trial by jury, interest and all other proper relief. He is represented by Richard Liebowitz of The Liebowitz Law Firm in Valley Stream, New York. 

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case No. 4:20-cv-00088 

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