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Beckman Denies Troubles... 'Project Runway' Copyright Case

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NOT MY ‘PROJECT’: A Missouri-based photographer slapped A&E Television Networks LLC, the parent channel of television series “Project Runway,” with a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday.

Filed in federal court for the Eastern District of Missouri, photographer Marcie Cobbaert claimed that the TV network posted at least four of her photographs taken of “Project Runway” contestant Laura Kathleen Planck on its Web site with a stamp that indicated they belonged to Lifetime, A&E’s subsidiary channel. The plaintiff said she never gave permission to Planck, Lifetime or A&E to use the pictures. In fact, she made her objections known through letters sent in May and June to the defendants.

Cobbaert is asking the court for statutory damages of no less than $750 or more than $30,000 per act of infringement, and statutory damages of no more than $150,000 per act of willful infringement. Calls to A&E were not returned by press time.

— ALEXANDRA STEIGRAD

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