The 51-year-old-rapper who’s real name is Shawn Corey Carter is accusing the photographer of exploiting and profiting from his name and images.
In court documents obtained by Rolling Stone, he hired Mannion in 1996 to shoot the cover for ‘Reasonable Doubt’. At the shoot Mannion snapped “hundreds of photographs” of the rapper.
The lawsuit states Jay-Z compensated Mannion for his work during the shoot but did not give him “permission to resell any of the images”.
Jay-Z also never authorised “Mannion to use his name, likeness, identity, or persona for any purpose.”
The lawsuit also states that when Jay-Z asked Mannion to stop using his images, the photographer refused and “demanded that Jay-Z pay him tens of millions of dollars to put an end to Mannion’s use of Jay-Z’s likeness.”
Jay-Z is seeking an injunction to stop Mannion from continuing to use the images. The rapper also, wants to be awarded damages.
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