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Madonna Sued for Copying Images for Video

September 30, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ The son of a fashion photographer has sued Madonna, saying his late father’s images were copied by the singer in a set of videos for a song called ``Hollywood.″

Samuel Bourdin brought the lawsuit Friday, saying he holds the rights to the images created by his father, Guy Bourdin, who died in 1991.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan accused Madonna of copyright infringement for her imitation of poses and images in at least 11 works of Bourdin, whose images were published in French Vogue from the mid-1950s through the late 1980s.

According to the lawsuit, Bourdin is recognized as one of the most influential fashion photographers for his highly constructed compositions in unusual settings.

The lawsuit sought unspecified damages from Madonna and companies and individuals involved in production of the videos.

The lawsuit included comparisons of photographs by Bourdin with video images of Madonna. In one Bourdin picture, a scantily clad woman peers into a round mirror. Madonna does the same.

In another Bourdin picture, a woman squats on a floor with what appears to be a large television-size screen between her legs. Madonna does the same.

``This is more than inspiration,″ Bourdin’s attorney John Koegel told The Daily News.

A message left with a publicist for Madonna was not immediately returned.

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