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Photog Puts Foot Down -- Sues Skechers for $250 Mil

9/29/2010 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A famous photographer claims the people at Skechers walked off with tons of his work -- exploiting it all over the world ... and now dude wants the shoe company to pay up .... to the tune of $250 mil.


The guy behind the lens is Richard Reinsdorf, who shot tons of celebs including Sarah Jessica Parker, Orlando Bloom and Jamie Foxx.

Reinsdorf just filed a federal lawsuit claiming Skechers hired him to "conduct several highly successful photo shoots from 2006 through last year" -- but states there were limits to where and how long Skechers could use his work.

But in his suit, Reinsdorf claims Skechers blew off the agreement and used his work (an example seen above) all over the world ... and long past the end date. Now dude wants at least $250,000,000 to make things right.

A rep for Sketchers just released this scathing statement: "'Absurd' is the best way to describe Richard Reinsdorf's lawsuit. Skechers paid for the pictures in full and had express permission to use them. Reinsdorf is not entitled to a nickel more."


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I am an old friend and worked for Mr. Reisndorf years ago. He is a truly gifted photographer, and a wonderful human being. He would never sell the copyright to his pictures. His talent is unique and worth every penny he is paid. I hope he gets millions for the theft of his work.

1430 days ago


Surprising, the company that has never created an original design in their life "allegedly" thieves off with limited use photo usage. I know who I believe!

1425 days ago


Kimmi would not know talent if it sat on her face. Richard is an amazing photographer and has an immense amount of talent.

As for Richard....Good for you man...stand up for your rights. PAY THE WRITER! or in this case the Photographer. It is about time that large companies quit exploiting the individuals in this industry.

Sounds like Sketchers is run by a bunch of event/party promoters who try to get everyone to work for free.

If they had bought the copyright then that is another story. However, most companies do not want that expense and therefore simply buy a usage license instead. If they are operating outside that usage license then more power to Richard! If they are within that usage license, well then sour grapes to Richard.

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