Aspiring model sues Apple for using racy photos without permission
UPI News Service, 10/24/2010
An aspiring New York model is suing Apple and an app-maker for $1 million for allegedly using racy photographs of her without permission, court documents show.
In her lawsuit, Rebecca Battino, 19, said someone copied the photographs from her computer, and before long the sexy portraits she took of herself when she was 16 popped up in an online iTunes application called "extreme Cam Girls," The New York Post reported.
In her lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan, Battino didn't say who allegedly stole the photographs. Apple removed the iTunes application, but Battino is angry she never received credit or cash for the pictures.
"I was just upset that I'm not being paid for my pictures," she told The Post. "I'm not embarrassed."
Battino insists Miami-based Samba Studios never tried to contact her to see if they could use the pictures, the report said.
Battino let someone else hold the camera for more professional pictures of her frolicking in a shower and running around in panties and a tank-top on the Web site modelmayhem.com, the newspaper said.
Samba Studios and Apple didn't respond to requests for comment on the suit, which was filed last week.