Guess what bloggers, you have to credit the photos you use and obviously can't claim they are yours (by adding your own watermark) when they aren't. Celebrity gossip blogger, Perez Hilton, is learning this the hard way. The blogger, who's real name is Mario Lavandeira Jr., has been slapped with a copyright infringement suit by Robert Caplin, a professional photographer who regularly contributes to The New York Times and National Geographic. Caplin filed suit in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging that in January 2012, Perez Hilton used 32 photos of Glee star Darren Criss on his website without permission.
According to Caplin's complaint, Lavandeira posted the photos at issue to his site with a "PEREZHILTON.COM" watermark. Caplin further alleges that he called Lavandeira, who apologized and agreed to take down the photos, but never actually did. Caplin is suing the blogger for copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and seeking $150,000 in damages for each infringement. It seems Perez still hasn't learned his lesson, considering he is still posting images to his site that clearly do not belong to him with his watermark, such as the Jason Wu ad campaign below. While Perez probably had this coming, as a result of bad karma for being the original Amanda Bynes and calling so many celebs fat and ugly, here are some tips to help you avoid blogging-related lawsuits!