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Shutterstock Sued For Stealing Shot of Kiani Alexis, Case Before Another SDNY Judge Cited

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 1 – Tamara Wareka, also known as Tarama Williams, is a professional photograph whose photo of model Kiani Alexis pursing her lips was stolen, she says, by Shutterstock. She sued. 

On August 30, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York  Judge J. Paul Oetken held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

  The plaintiff's lawyer said this was an intentional misuse and appropriate of the image, the Shutterstock put its watermark on it and sold it - then when confronted offered $200 minus 40 cents.  

Shutterstock's lawyer said there are a range of complaints and plaintiffs' lawyers attacking it, in a coordinated fashion, and that they are awaiting a ruling on summary judgment before SDNY Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein.

  The plaintiff's lawyers said they are not connected to that case, or firm.

 Judge Oetken said depositions should be completed by December 9, and referred the case to Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker. 

The case is Wareka v. Shutterstock, al, 22-cv-6995 (Oetken) 


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