The LATimes has a pretty good run down of the recent lawsuit filed by X17 (a photo agency specializing in celebrity photos) against Perez Hilton.
The article brings up some interesting points by each party about what they belive is fair use for photographs. Is a photo taken of a celebrity kissing in public newsworthy to the point that it’s fair game? Does that fact that Perez Hilton alters the photographs in a satirical manner fall under fair use? Does the fact that he takes the photos when X17 has specifically told him that they were being licensed exclusively to someone else mean anything? Is a photo of Kevin Federline pumping his own gas of interest to anyone except satirists?
I’m just curious what blogging.la readers think about Perez, the paparazzi industry and the lawsuit. I fear that the lawsuit will have wide reprecussions against bloggers, but then again, maybe it will garner us greater protections against scrapers and hotlinkers.