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‘Harlem Shake’ Guy Sued

I Thought We Were

Facebook Friends?!

7/22/2013 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0722_Dj-Baauer_gettyDJ Baauer – the guy behind the insanely popular viral hit "Harlem Shake" – is being sued by a photographer who claims Baauer engaged in some serious Facebook deception, TMZ has learned.

Photographer Dustin Kessler claims Baauer, aka Harry Bauer Rodrigues, hired him for a photo shoot last year and then asked for permission to use two of the photos; one for a Facebook profile pic ... the other for a magazine article.

Kessler says he agreed to the terms, but then started seeing his photos showing up all over the place, in print and online magazines like Rolling Stone, Spin and Billboard as well as ads for Coachella … and even on Baauer’s own website.

Kessler says he never got credit OR money for any of his photos.  So he’s suing Baauer – claiming the DJ is partly responsible for the widespread unauthorized use of his pics. Kessler is also suing the media outlets which allegedly ran the pics without permission.

Kessler is demanding a jury trial and is seeking unspecified damages.

Meantime, here's the Miami Heat shakin' things up ...

18 COMMENTS

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CoconutScrimp    

It's a white guy! I always thought the dude behind the jam was Latino!

Well, play that funky music white boy!

402 days ago
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JohnnyBoy    

Not a Heat fan, but this is F'N funny!

402 days ago
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FunkyFranky    

People wake up!! watch this http://youtu.be/i1AAuB5P-V0

402 days ago
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FunkyFranky    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1AAuB5P-V0

402 days ago
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rhbjorn    

If you hire someone to do something for you, you own the result of that work. The photographer wants to get payed twice.

402 days ago
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Sonja    

Seriously? If I hire you to come take pictures of me, the pictures are MINE, to do with as I want. You were simply paid to take the photos for someone else, that doesn't mean the photos of that person are suddenly your property.

402 days ago
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HooahJuice    

Horrible song but this guy is an idiot. Suing him??

402 days ago
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shuasmum    

Does he not realise that once they hit the public domain, such as Facebook, they can be used by anyone. Other magazines have probably lifted the photo from Facebook, and used them in their magazine articles. He shouldn't have said yes to Facebook if he wanted to get paid for the photos!

402 days ago
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Dennis    

NOTE TO PHOTOGS: NEVER allow someone the right to post your photographs on social media without a © cred on the image. Posting on Facebook/twitter/etc relinquishes 'some' of your rights. (ie. the media scoops it up really quickly!) Knowingly allowing that action, you act as if YOU are posting it. At least with your cred on the image, you're getting publicity, and letting people and the media know that the subject doesn't actually own it. In my profession, I ALWAYS give credit, even under Wikimedia Commons, where it isn't required. (OFF NERD BOX)

402 days ago
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Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Con los terroristas.

402 days ago
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August    

I had to turn that off IMMEDIATELY.....

402 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

‘Harlem Shake’ Guy Sued
I Thought We Were
Facebook Friends?!...............i like Twitter better

402 days ago

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