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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H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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