Duffy Archive Limited v. 379 Somerville Avenue LLC (20-cv-10202).

  • February 4, 2020

Duffy Archive, a British company that owns and manages the photographs of fashion and celebrity photographer Brian Duffy, accuses 379 Somerville, which owns and operates a live music venue called 201cThunder Road 201d at the 379 Somerville Ave. address, of willful copyright infringement. Duffy asserts copyright in a photograph of a shirtless David Bowie with a blue and red lightning bolt running across one eye, which appears to have been taken during the session that led to the album cover for Bowie 2019s 1973 201cAladdin Sane 201d album. He says that 379 Somerville used this photograph as the basis for promotions for a 201cBowie Celebration 201d night at the venue. Duffy asserts that a number of cease and desist letters were sent but that 201cthe infringement brazenly continues 2019 201d although I note that the date of the event has passed. The case is before Judge Saris.

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