Playboy Slaps MediaTakeOut With Lawsuit Over Azealia Banks Nude Photos

Men’s magazine claims that its pictures were yanked without permission by urban news website

MediaTakeOut has just learned the naked truth about the lengths Playboy will go to protect its photos.

The popular urban news website has been slapped with a lawsuit by Playboy Enterprises for allegedly publishing Playboy’s nude photos of controversial rapper Azealia Banks.

The suit, filed in federal court in New York on Tuesday, states that Playboy was the exclusive licensee of the photos, which according to the complaint, MediaTakeOut published in March.

To add insult to injury, the lawsuit claims that MediaTakeOut slapped its own watermark on the images, even though Playboy had obtained a registration for the images from the U.S. Copyright Office.

“Upon information and belief, defendant knowingly altered and/or falsified copyright management information to conceal defendant’s infringement of plaintiff’s registered and unregistered copyright works.

Banks appeared in the April 2015 issue of Playboy.

Alleging copyright infringement and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the suit is asking for a declaration that Media Takeout infringed on the works. Playboy also wants damages of “up to $150,000 for each copyright infringement” and up to $25,000 for each violation of the DMCA.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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