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Singer wins recall of a book with unauthorized photograph.

A federal judge in Newark, New Jersey, ordered a publisher to stop using an unauthorized photograph of a singer and music producer on the cover of an urban book from Black Pearl Books of Atlanta, Georgia, and to recall any distributed copies, according to New Jersey Law Journal

Marc Dorsey, a Grammy-winning artist, alleged that Black Pearl damaged his reputation and cost him professional opportunities, including an endorsement. His likeness was on the cover of Legit Ballet, a street lit tide about the adventures of a crack-cocaine dealer: The Web site www.marcdorsey.com lists his music projects including the album Crave from Jive Records. U.S. District Judge Joseph Greenaway Jr. found that Dorsey could suffer irreparable harm to his reputation and issued the preliminary injunction.

The image still appeared on the book being sold on Amazon.com in early January as BIBR went to press. It did not appear on the www.blackpearlbooks.com site, which boasts of "Gritty and Sexy Urban Stories."

In Dorsey v. Black Pearl Books Inc., the company president, Felicia Hurst, was reported as saying she bought a license to use the photos from a fashion shoot after determining that the photographer had the rights to the images. E-mails and a phone call to the company seeking comment were not returned.

Greenaway found that Black Pearl's photo release from the photographer was not a valid agreement with Dorsey. The judge ruled, however, that it would be an undue hardship for the publisher to recall other titles with only a small image of Legit Bailer for advertising purposes.

By Angela P. Dodson: E-mail your news to angela4bibr@aolcom
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Title Annotation:between the lines: the inside scoop on what's happening in the publishing industry
Author:Dodson, Angela P.
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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