HuffPost Beats Copyright Suit Over Jon Hamm Crotch Photo

Law360 (September 10, 2020, 10:50 PM EDT) -- A Manhattan federal judge ruled Thursday that HuffPost didn't violate copyright law by republishing a famous image of actor Jon Hamm that went viral in 2013 because it appeared to prominently display his genitals.

Rejecting an infringement lawsuit filed by photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald, the judge said the website was protected by copyright's fair use doctrine when it posted an edited version of the paparazzi image with a black "Image Loading" box over Hamm's crotch.

Siding with HuffPost owner Oath Inc., the judge said the site had "fundamentally transformed" a simple paparazzi image into one that mocked the very reason the photo...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Attached Documents

Related Sections

Case Information

Case Title

Subscribers Only

Case Number

Subscribers Only


Subscribers Only

Nature of Suit

Subscribers Only


Subscribers Only

Date Filed

Subscribers Only

Law Firms


Judge Analytics

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!