An Italian photographer who says Annie Leibovitz used some of his pictures without permission has filed a lawsuit against her.
Paolo Pizzetti says Annie Leibovitz used photographs he took in Venice and Rome in a 2009 Lavazza calendar.
Paolo claims that Leibovitz used images of the Trevi Fountain in Rome and Plaza San Marco in Venice without his permission. He's now suing the photographer for $300,000 citing copyright infringement and is seeking a court order to stop the images from being used.
Paolo's lawsuit claims that he was hired by Leibovitz's team in March 2008 to scout locations in Italy for the calendar. Paolo photographed the two landmarks and sent them back to Annie Leibovitz's studio but in July was told the photo shoot location was now New York and Annie Leibovitz would not be travelling to Italy for the shoot because of time constraints. When the calendar came out, Paolo noticed two of his photographs appeared in the calendar with models superimposed on them.
In the complaint Paolo said the image of the Piazza San Marco shows “the same wet weather conditions, cloud formation and the same bird in the upper left portion of the photograph."
This on-going case comes at a time when she is also currently being sued by Art Capital
, who claim she has defaulted on a $24m loan. Back in February, ePHOTOzine reported
that Leibovitz gave up the rights to all her photographs and property for the loan.