Annie Leibovitz Under Siege
Posted on Sep 6, 2009
Annie Leibovitz may be the most famous portrait photographer in the world. According to one angry Italian, she’s also a thief. Paolo Pizzetti is suing Leibovitz for allegedly using his photos in a calendar without permission. She’s also on the hook for a $24-million loan and could lose the rights to her work.
Talk about a bad mortgage. —PS
The legal case is the latest to hit Ms Leibovitz, who is also currently being sued for defaulting on a $24m (£14.6m) loan secured against the rights to her entire collection.
If she does not pay back the loan to the Art Capital Group by 8 September, she is in danger of losing the copyright to the thousands of her negatives it has in storage, as well as her three properties in New York.
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