Jolie-Pitt Baby Pictures Leaked, Lawyers Spring Into Action

June 7, 2006 at 4:33 pm 1 comment

New parents Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt decided to outmaneuver the ever-present paparazzi by offering pictures of newborn Shiloh to the highest bidder. They will donate the proceeds to charity.  Actually, I think that was a clever way of dealing with the inevitable.

So Time, Inc. outbid everyone, offering over $4,000,000 for exclusive rights to the six baby photos.  These are to be published in their People magazine in the U.S

Then the drama began!  Yesterday morning, on its website, Hello! magazine (U.K) posted one of the baby pictures on its cover. (They have since removed it.) I wasn't paying any attention at the time, but apparently the internet celebrity-watching world went nuts, and that cover appeared on sites all across, well, the internet, such as this one  "All Angelina Jolie "  

Times, Inc. lawyers sprang into action, scouring the internet and sending threatening letters to anyone who had posted the cover of Hello!.  

The internet celebrity-watching world immediately went into reverse-mode, rapidly removing the cover from their sites.  But not the intrepid souls at Gawker, who felt that they were displaying a thumbnail sized copy of the entire cover of Hello! magazine which Hello! magazine had placed on the internet for all to see, and therefore they (Gawker) were under the protection of fair use law. They offered to exchange the cover of Hello! with the cover of People.  The lawyer was most unhappy with that offer. 

Go here to see said thumbnail sized copy and read the exchange between the big corporation lawyer and the stubborn Gawker. Battle over Shiloh.

I don't know anything about copyright law or fair use law, but that exchange is amusing.  At one point the lawyer whipped out a ruler and measured the size of the cover on his computer screen. Gawker responded by pointedly using the word "pixels".  When Gawker mentioned fair use law, the lawyer threatened them with a lawsuit in cooperation with Hello! in the U.K., where, as he pointed out, the laws are different. 

So far Gawker is sticking to its guns.  I have no idea what the final outcome will be, but it appears the press has been scooped.

Update:  Hello! is now sending out cease and desist orders throughout the internet.

Another Update:  In spite of all the hoopla, the picture is still up at


Entry filed under: entertainment, news.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. goodhairday  |  June 8, 2006 at 4:12 am

    I hear the baby has big lips!


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