Models Hit Getty, Photographer With Image Theft Class Action

Law360, New York (February 23, 2016, 5:59 PM EST) -- Getty Images and photographer Bill Diodato are licensing models' photographs without their permission, causing the models to lose professional fees and prospective business relationships, according to a proposed class action filed Monday in a New York federal court.

Fashion model Elodie Passelaigue claims Diodato had her sign a fraudulent model release on photos he took, which Getty then licensed to Botox for an ad campaign. Passelaigue says she's not alone — many models like her have lost professional fees they would have been paid if they had been properly hired as models by Getty's customers, as well as usage fees from...

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