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Photographer Sues Breitbart Over Black Lives Matter Pic Used Without Permission

Steve Bannon helps with last minute preparations before President Donald Trump announces his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Steve Bannon helps with last minute preparations before President Donald Trump announces his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.

*Breitbart News is being sued by a photojournalist who accuses right wing website of repeatedly using his photo of protestors without permission.

Terry Sylvester snapped the pic of a group of black students holding a Black Lives Matter sign and a bullhorn during a 2015 protest at Berkeley, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in US District Court in Washington DC.

The Michigan-based freelancer photographer claims Breitbart deliberately “copied and posted” the copyrighted photograph to accompany a number of articles on a range of topics.

The complaint reads: “Plaintiff [Sylvester] is informed and believes that Defendant [Breitbart], without the permission or consent of Plaintiff, has copied and used the Copyrighted Photograph. In doing so, Defendant violated Plaintiff’s exclusive rights of reproduction and distribution. Defendant’s actions constitute infringement of Plaintiff’s copyright and exclusive rights under copyright”.

Breitbart, founded by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart in 2007, has aligned itself with the so-called “alt-right” – a political movement which has been accused of racism, anti-Semitism and misogyny.

Steve Bannon, the former executive chair of Breitbart News, which he described as “the platform for the alt-right” last year, was fired as President Trump’s White House Chief Strategist last month. He returned to his former position at Breitbart hours after his departure became public.

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