Playboy Says BoingBoing Owner Stole Every Centerfold Ever

Law360, Los Angeles (November 8, 2017, 8:42 PM EST) -- Playboy Entertainment Group Inc. hit the owner of BoingBoing, a website that has advocated for more open use of online content, with a copyright suit in California on Tuesday over the site’s reference to a slideshow of every centerfold photo the magazine ever published.

Playboy claims Happy Mutants LLC, which owns the website boingboing.net, used Playboy’s famous unfolding photos of naked women without permission to generate clicks and advertising revenue.

“Following Playboy's publication of the subject works, defendants, and each of them used the subject works without plaintiff’s authorization for commercial purposes on its website,” the company said in its complaint....

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