Whoa! According to Pittsburgh media source TribLive News StoopidHousewives is being sued for copyright infringement for publishing pictures from some RHONJ premiere parties.
Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013, 7:02 p.m. By Brian Bowling A New Jersey newspaper publisher claims a Pittsburgh woman‘s blog violated its copyright by republishing photos of three premier parties for the “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”North Jersey Media Group Inc., which owns The Record and the Herald News, originally sued stoopidhousewives.com in the Southern District of New York. The case was moved to Pittsburgh on Thursday because the blogger, Marjorie Adams, lives here. Adams‘ attorney, Anthony Brooks, declined comment. His motion to move the lawsuit says that Adams maintains the site as a hobby.
Apparently, the pictures were posted online back in April of 2012 and were of the RHONJ attending three different premiere parties for the kick-off of season four. I found a few of the photos (I think) and they are your basic media photos that we all use. This case seems very odd to me. As bloggers we all try to credit photos whenever the origin is known. I have only had one instance when someone asked me to remove a photo (which I had properly credited) and I removed it right away. I wonder if the fact that stoopidhousewives uses a layover tag on all of their photos was part of the issue? Who lives in Pittsburgh and wants to make a trip to the local courthouse?
UPDATE: I found the link to the correct newspaper. The pictures are very clearly watermarked and labeled with “buy this photo.” That’s not to say that they were at the time they were used on stoopidhousewives but they are now. However, the pictures are quite easy to download with no sort of block to saving. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a newspaper list their pictures for sale before. Wow.
I did a brief once over of Stoopidhousewives and saw no statement about the lawsuit. There may have been one since April when the lawsuit was first filed, but I’m not really interested in looking back that far. Let me know if y’all have seen anything. Meanwhile, I’m going to be extra careful to be sure I credit all my photos! I hope things get resolved amicably between the two parties.
Despite the VAST CONSPIRACY THEORIES: The lawsuit is about copyright infringement brought by the News Media Outlet that owns the photos. Bravo nor any RHONJ are involved in anyway in the lawsuit. It is not a storyline. It’s a legal issue between a blogger and the owner of photos. It has taken the media outlet this long to get the case going because of the change in court jurisdiction. Nothing to do with RHONJ at all other than that was the topic of the blog that the copyrighted material was used in.