Saturday, September 26, 2020

Ray Charles’ Estate Sues His Son For Copyright Infringement

If only Jr. had eaten his veggies.

The Ray Charles Foundation is suing Charles’ son for copyright infringement, alleging Jr. used a photo of Sr. on the cover of Jr.’s new book, You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles. The publisher, Random House, is also named in the lawsuit.

According to the Foundation, the photo was taken by by an employee of Ray Charles in 1965, thus making the photo a “work made for hire” and granting the Foundation copyright ownership over the photograph.

Guess Jr. really didn’t know him. Ouch! Via the LA Times and Hollywood Reporter. (My guess? This settles!)


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