Photographer Sues Over Kasich Pizza Pics in Obama Video

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By Anandashankar Mazumdar

Sept. 14 — A photojournalist is suing Time Magazine, CNN and C-SPAN for infringing his pictures of Ohio Gov. John Kasich eating pizza with a fork when they posted a video of President Barack Obama's presentation at the 2016 White House correspondents dinner ( Martinka v. Turner Broad. Sys., Inc., S.D.N.Y., No. 16-07167, complaint filed 9/13/16 ; Martinka v. Nat'l Cable Satellite Corp., S.D.N.Y., No. 16-07166, complaint filed 9/13/16 ; Martinka v. Time Inc., S.D.N.Y., No. 16-07163, complaint filed 9/13/16 ).

In three separate copyright infringement complaints, New York-based photographer Paul Martinka says the news organizations used his pictures without authorization or licensing.

In March, Martinka was covering a campaign event in Queens for then Republican presidential contestant Kasich. Two of his photographs of Kasich eating pizza with a fork were used to illustrate a New York Post article headlined “WTF is wrong with John Kasich?”

Martinka's complaint said that the news organizations' websites reused the photographs without obtaining his consent or licensing them when they ran a video of Obama at the correspondents dinner.

About 18 minutes into the president's 30-minute speech, he flashed the Kasich pizza pictures while telling a joke.

The Liebowitz Law Firm PLLC represented Martinka.

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