Did you know the photographer owns the copyright in the picture she takes of you? Famous photographer, Bruce W. Talamon, is suing the owners of bobmarley.com and many other Bob Marley related companies over the alleged use of Talamon’s copyrighted photographs he took of Bob Marley. Talamon is a Los Angeles photographer who shot exclusive photos of many famous artist and musicians. From 1978-1980, Talamon traveled with Bob Marley and his band during concerts in California and West Africa and created a book, Bob Marley Spirit Dancer, featuring the many photographs from his travels with Marley.
The complaint identifies over twenty instances of infringement, showing websites and Facebook pages allegedly using his copyrighted photographs of Marley. The named defendants span from music companies to producers of coffee and marijuana products, some of which Talamon previously sued in other cases. The complaint lists the copyright registration numbers of all 22 photographs that Talamon claims have been infringed and provides screenshots of the photos on the companies’ various websites. Despite the pictures featuring Bob Marley, a photographer is ALWAYS the copyright owner unless specifically agreed to specifically in writing prior to the shoot or assigned subsequently also in writing.