by Craig Stephens
Odd things result in the course on a quiet news day for TMZ, when a learned employee with the succinct directive, “pull court papers and forward to editors desk whenever a high profile name is used.” Does what he’s told.
The multi-media celeb “authority,” subsequently cited a lawsuit by photographer Albert M. Watson who shot Steve Job’s famous portrait during a 2006 photo shoot.
According to TMZ, in his lawsuit, filed in federal court in NY, Watson claims he owns the rights to the image which was re-appropriated by fellow fine arts photographer Alex Guofeng Cao who used it as the focal point of a digital mosaic styled piece.
Watson also claims the Cao “ripoff,” titled “Steve Jobs-Ayn Rand” was sold to a private collector for $210,000 back in 2011. Oddly TMZ missed the seemingly valid snippet that that private collector was none other than rapper/mogul P Diddy.
Further irony ensues in that both artists involved in the case are repped by the same LA gallery, namely Guy Hepner in West Hollywood.