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Mase

Sued for Stealing

Model's Photo for Song Art

4/18/2014 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Mase's return to rap is off to a rough start -- he's getting sued over his comeback song by a model who claims he jacked her photo to promote his song.

According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Stephanie Delgado (who goes by Stephanie Rao for modeling) claims Mase lifted the photo straight from her Instagram page and used it to promote his new song, "Why Can't We."

Rao says no one ever contacted her asking for permission to use the photo ... which she says ended up being used on more than 40 different sites to promote the song. 

Rao is seeking royalties in the amount of $60,000 and damages in the amount of $180,000.

In the perfect world, Rao would've added ... "Take that, take that " -- but she didn't.

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Kobe_No_Means_No    

What's wrong with Delgado? She changed her name because she's embarrassed of being a Mexican. Selena kept her Gomez last name and she's doing alright.

Karma is a B.

155 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Ma$e is going to hell and that looks like it was made in MS Paint

155 days ago
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bkblueknight    

can you leave the third rate black celebs for MTO please. next thing youll be retweeting teyana taylor butt pics.

155 days ago
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Clytemnestra    

But she'll settle for $1.50 because she is getting tons of free publicity. Nobody ever heard of her before this, but nobodies are a TMZ staple. It is interesting that Stephanie looks and poses like a million other Hispanic women. Has every girl stolen Kim K's makeup and poses? Seems like it sometimes.

155 days ago
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CaMeO    

Diddy says "take that," not Ma$e

155 days ago
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Observer999    

What a moron. They could have bought the rights to it for a few hundred dollars, maybe less.

155 days ago
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MixedChick87    

its funny how someone on here says she looks like all the other Hispanic women. She's hot don't be jealous and I am not even Hispanic and I can see that

155 days ago
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Numapass    

I applaud her for taking advantage of this rapper's astounding naivety and lack of intelligence

155 days ago
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Lisa    

He should know better. He's been in business for so long to know that he can't just steal people's photo without permission.

155 days ago
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Freshlycrown3d    

No one cares about mase

155 days ago
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jdubs860    

Except that when you upload a photo to instagram, instagram then owns that photo. Technically she can't sue for a photo that is property of instagram. instagram can sue though. read the terms and conditions folks

155 days ago
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The Zombie    

A rapper stole someone else's work? NO WAY! lol

155 days ago
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FuckYouTMZFreedomofSpeechmyAss    

Get your money gurl! Lol

155 days ago
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Jamey Hunter    

Very strange. Anyone with even a partial brain knows you can't use a photo without permission unless it's royalty free. What an idiot, especially jacking that ugly photo.

155 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

How can a guy be sued for doing that?
Oooh...
It says jacking model's photo.
Not..
Never mind.

155 days ago
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