Two copyright infringement lawsuits filed by Long Island-based attorney Richard Liebowitz have been settled—unceremoniously—out of court. Nearly identical in scope, one went after Townsquare Media, the other Entercom Communications.
In the first, renowned celebrity photographer Neil Zlozower sued Townsquare Media in early June for using images of rockers Guns N’ Roses and Mötley Crüe on a company-owned website. The Los Angeles-based photog’s iconic images of Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones have appeared on music albums and CD covers, in magazines, concert programs and books, and have been shown in galleries.
In this case, images taken by Zlozower of the two rock bands appeared on Townsquare’s owned and operated website Loudwire.com, the online manifestation of the company’s “Loudwire Nights” radio show. Liebowitz claimed in the suit that the photos were utilized without permission or payment.
In court documents obtained by Inside Radio, this suit was voluntarily dismissed, “with prejudice in its entirety.” And thus, no details of Townsquare’s reaction, or action, were shared. Liebowitz, as usual, had insisted upon a hefty fine, damages, profits, court costs, attorney fees and a jury trial.