A photo that showed Jon Hamm‘s pants bulge became the subject of a trial this week, even though the actor was not actually involved in the lawsuit.
Huffington Post was sued by photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald for using a photo he snapped of Jon back in 2012, without obtaining the proper license. The photo went viral as you can visibly see the actor’s manhood in his pants.
The photo was used in an article about the “25 things you wish you hadn’t learned in 2013 and must forget in 2014.” In the article, a black text box was placed over Jon‘s crotch with the phrase “IMAGE LOADING” written inside the box.
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Click inside to find out how the judge ruled in the trial…
Manhattan federal Judge Ronnie Abrams decided that HuffPo didn’t break copyright law by sharing the photo because it was a transformative use of the image.
“Here too, the photograph was used to illustrate what all the fuss is about, namely Hamm’s ‘privates’ and the public’s fixation with them,” Abrams wrote in the ruling (via Page Six).
Abrams also shared an excerpt from the article that “reinforces the Court’s conclusion that the article aims to mock the public fixation on Hamm’s ‘privates’ in addition to mocking Hamm himself.”
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