Vampire Weekend Sued By Model From Contra Album Cover
Fri, 16 Jul 2010 12:15:49
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Hipsters Vampire Weekend are being sued to the tune of $2 million by model Kristen Kennis, who unwittingly appeared on the cover of the band's latest album, Contra, says TMZ. Kennis filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, July 14, with the Los Angeles County Superior Court. She has claimed that the signature on the model release form was a forgery. Ugh. Really?
The vintage photo was originally taken in 1983 by Tod Brody when Kennis was relevant, relatively speaking, and working as a fashion model in New York. She is laying blame on both the band and the snapper himself for not bothering to check whether the signature on the release was real or not. Because really, all the band and the photographer had to worry about was her signature. Her suit begs the question: whose signature is it and how/why did they forge it?
According to lawsuit, she further argues that "the album design, in which the photograph is featured prominently, was a substantial factor in generating album buzz, thus increasing sales and profits. " Okay, so the photo on the cover is what made people care about the band. Come on! This sounds like fishing to me. Kennis says she had no idea the image was being used until very recently.
Is this suit an outrageous reaching for the cash by the model? Or do you think she has a point?