Jay-Z is taking a photographer to court over cashing in on his likeness. It doesn’t matter that he snapped photos for his Reasonable Doubt record. Jay-Z isn’t going to let this photographer keep making money off his image.
Photographer Jonathan Mannion and his company are being sued by Jay-Z for using his name and image without his consent. Court documents obtained by TMZ show that Mannion sells Jay-Z’s image and his name is all over the photographer’s official website.
Jay-Z says he never gave Mannion permission to cash in on his name. He claims that Mannion is exploiting his likeness. He also claimed that he asked the photographer to stop using his name and image, but Mannion demanded tens of millions of dollars to do so. Jay claims Mannion is making an “arrogant assumption that because he took those photographs, he can do with them as he pleases.”
Mannion took tons of photos for Jay-Z while he worked with him. He was hired on to shoot for the Reasonable Double album in 1996, a year that a lot of Jay-Z fans remember fondly. Now Jay-Z is taking Mannion to court for cashing in on that nostalgia.
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