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Perez Hilton Sued For $7.5 Million

11/30/2006 9:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Perez HiltonA Hollywood photo agency is suing snarky gossip blogger Perez Hilton aka Mario Lavandeira, for copyright infringement. The agency claims Perez used their images on his website "without permission from the agency, thereby violating federal law."

The tabloid agency is seeking over $7.5 million dollars in damages from Perez for what they say is a loss of profits and injury to their reputation. The photo agency believes their pics have played a large part in the success and profitability of perezhilton.com, which reportedly charges between $9,000 and $16,000 a week for ad space. It costs plenty to appear next to Britney's crotch!

Perez tells TMZ, "I have yet to be personally served with this lawsuit. My lawyers and I will address the situation when we have the opportunity to review the materials."

The self-proclaimed "Gossip Gangsta," who calls a local L.A. coffee shop his "office," is currently scheduled to appear on the upcoming "Big in '06 Awards" on VH1, and on MTV's New Year's Eve special.

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chilica    

TMZ really has it out for Perez....could it possibly be you
guys
suing.. and what's wrong with being smart enough to run a business
from anywhere! VIVA Small Business!Just get along girlies...you're
collegues whether you like it or not! You guys are cool, but he's just fun...

2830 days ago
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Beyonce Sucks!    

I love Perezito!!

2830 days ago
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Anthony    

It was bound to happen. Had a feeling it would. The site is currently offline. He must be scared. There's no way he will win or be able to pay that amount. Oh well!

2830 days ago
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Veda    

I think Perez is awesome. He is very witty and frank and although he does play favorites, he is great.

2830 days ago
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Kaioc    

Um his site is not offline. and really who f*cking cares if he used someone elses pics he says where he gets them

2830 days ago
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Wendy    

I agree - it was bound to happen. When you make a living off of stealing other people's stuff, it's going to get you in the end. You ever notice how he never sources his stuff?

2830 days ago
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CelebGossipWhore    

come on now! Perez is awesome!! and he doesn't need to be sued!! he's not stealing the pictures and saying he took them!! no need to sue the man..he's got a great site and he's super sweet. don't sue. pff. what a stupid thing. leave him alone... I go to his site more than any other site!

2830 days ago
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Lisa    

Leave Perez alone!!! his website is amazing!! he hasnt dont anything wrong!! I take pics off the net all the time..what are you gonna do...SUE ME!! get a life you money hungry a**holes!! Perez has done nothing wrong!! It is like anyone just taking a photo off a website!! VIVA PEREZ!!

2830 days ago
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melx    

From what I've seen, Perez was served. And yes there is a video of it, http://www.jossip.com/gossip/perez-hilton/breaking-perez-hilton-gets-served-20061115.php

2830 days ago
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Lizzie    

Gosh, people need to get a grip!! we love reading Perez, who cares where the photos comes from! Sooo greedy! And its just jealousy cause his kicking every other gossip mag and site up the arse! 4million! TEAM PEREZ!!!!

2830 days ago
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Sharon    

Dear Perez:

This lawsuit against you is absurd! I don't understand why you weren't just alerted, followed by a cease and desist letter. You made a simple mistake by posting a copyrighted photo; it was not malicious. I'm behind you all the way, my friend!

Gee Whiz!

2830 days ago
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KatieB    

VIVA PEREZ!!!

2830 days ago
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EGB1821    

This is ridicules… What the hell does that even mean?!

2830 days ago
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Rebecca    

Team Perez!!!!!

2830 days ago
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nikki 5000    

tell the bitches to "BRING THAT SH*T ON!!!!" f*** them PEREZ!! you rock & roll & they cant stop you!!!

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