Shark Photographer Snaps At Wal-Mart Over Photo Use

Law360, New York (October 11, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT) -- An award-winning underwater photographer slapped retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and two suppliers with a copyright infringement suit in South Carolina on Friday, alleging they unlawfully used one of his shark photos for a design on a bathing suit.

LeRoy French Sr. alleges Wal-Mart and clothing companies Iconix Brand Group Inc. and Studio Ray LLC designed and sold an Ocean Pacific shark-themed bathing suit using one of his copyrighted photos of a great white shark.

At issue is a close-up photo of a great white entitled “Whitey,”...
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Case Information

Case Title

French v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc et al

Case Number



South Carolina

Nature of Suit



Richard M Gergel

Date Filed

October 6, 2011

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