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Friday, March 3, 2006

Playboy Magazine Sues For Copyright Infringement, May Be Sued Over Jessica Alba Cover

According to papers filed in U. S. District Court in early February, two Miami area nightclubs used photographs of actress Bai Ling and later Playboy Playmates Nicole Lenz and Colleen Shannon to advertise their businesses, even after Playboy Enterprises had refused permission to reproduce the material. Playboy says anyone viewing the images, which clearly have the nightclubs' names imprinted on them, would think Playboy is associated with the clubs and their activities. So, the company went to court. Read more here. Meanwhile, actress Jessica Alba says she did not pose for Playboy's cover--what appears is a promotional shot, and that she doesn't appear inside the mag.  Sony Pictures, which owns the image, wrote to Playboy objecting to the use of the image and requesting an apology on behalf of Sony and Ms. Alba.

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