Playboy magazine is suing Harper’s Bazaar over photographs of Kate Moss dressed as a ‘bunny girl’ without permission. Hugh Hefner’s magazine is seeking $150,000 (£91,000) per photograph for copyright infringement. Court papers filed last Friday in federal court in Manhattan state that Harper’s posted on its website a clothed photo of the 40-year-old supermodel from the Playboy shoot, but added a hyperlink that took readers to another website showing the nude and partially-nude photo spread.
While Playboy “welcomed the media’s reporting and discussion of its images,” Hearst (parent company of Harper’s Bazaar) “well exceeded the bounds of mere news reporting” in a flagrant bid “to attract and drive Internet visitor traffic,” the suit says.
The photographs were taken by fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcos Piggott as part of Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue. The shoot also marked Moss’ 40th birthday and celebrated her 25-year career.
Editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner had previously commented on the anniversary issue stating;
“From its beginning, Playboy has stood for freedom of speech, freedom of choice and freedom of the press. I am so proud to celebrate this anniversary as the magazine continues its mission to promote these core values many decades later.”