Quincy Jones Involved in Legal Drama Over Photo...Of Himself
Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:09:11
Music mogul Quincy Jones is in the middle of a legal hassle with a photographer (who shares his last name, BTW) over allegations the QJ used an image to promote a new signature headphone line without permission. That's a copyright infringement, in case you wonder what the big deal is about.
Michael Donald Jones claims he took the shot of the producer at work, which is featured in the AKG Harman ads, in 1995. The snapper says the mogul had no right to use the shot.
The Hollywood Reporter grabbed a copy of the suit. Jones claims the photog was allowed to take photographs in a Hollywood studio without signing a release beforehand and that he was told he would only get paid if he gave up the rights to the candid images.
But MDJ says that no price was agreed and no deal was signed.
When the ads first surfaced in 2010, the photographer recognized his work and as a result, began negotiations with Quincy Jones' lawyers over the rights. But talks broke down and now it's in the courts. Or at least in court papers.
The image appears in The Quincy Jones Legacy Series: Q on Producing as well as on several websites.
Quincy Jones, AKG Harman and others are being sued for "maximum allowable statutory damages." The photographer is also demanding that all copies of the photo at the center of the controversy be destroyed.
Team Quincy Jones or Team Michael Donald Jones?