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Katten Represents NBCUniversal in Million Dollar Decorators Suit

Firm News | September 22, 2011

Katten represented Bravo Media LLC, production company Goodbye Pictures Inc. and parent company NBCUniversal Media LLC in district court regarding alleged copyright infringement in an episode of reality show Million Dollar Decorators. Michael Eastman, a St. Louis photographer, accuses the show of violating the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 by using images of his work without the proper contractual permission. The suit stems from a Decorators episode in which Eastman claims an interior decorator improperly enlarged one of his photographs. Defendants reject that argument, saying Eastman gave permission to use the work and signed a clearance agreement forfeiting his right to sue. Joel Weiner and Gail Migdal Title are representing NBCUniversal, Bravo and Goodbye Pictures in this matter. (“Bravo Wants Photog’s IP Suit Over Reality Show Pared,” September 22, 2011)

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