Playboy Files Another Suit Over Nude Kate Moss Pics

Playboy Files Another Suit Over Nude Kate Moss Pics
Rhett Pardon

NEW YORK — Playboy Enterprises Inc. last month filed another copyright infringement suit over images of Kate Moss that were allegedly used without permission.

Playboy has filed separate lawsuits against about a half-dozen companies that allegedly poached nude pics of Moss in Playboy magazine's 60th anniversary issue.

This time around Playboy filed suit against the operator of HintMag.com, a global fashion website with breaking news, designer interviews, model profiles, beauty reports and show reviews. The suit names HintMag.com’s parent, Hint Fashion Magazine LLC, and its editor, Lee Carter, as defendants.

Playboy’s copyright infringement suit filed in Manhattan federal court seeks $150,000 for each photo used from the January/February 2014 issue.

In its brief, Playboy included the 12 photos that allegedly appeared on the site.

Playboy argued that the site used the photos for “commercial purposes” because it runs ads on the site.

Two years ago, Playboy sued Harper’s Bazaar and the fashion magazine’s publishing house Hearst Communications with a similar suit, claiming that Harper’s editors posted a photograph of Moss dressed in its trademark Playboy bunny ears outfit online, and also linked to website Entertainement.ie that posted nine copyrighted nude images of the star.

Playboy also hit LeBook.com with a lawsuit in December of 2013 over the Moss photos, claiming LeBook violated its copyrights in an "ongoing, wanton and willful" fashion only days, if not hours, after Playboy's release of its special 60th anniversary issue.

Playboy also has filed several other infringement suits against defendants that were said to have posted the Moss pics online.

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