Lavazza Coffee Court Claims Settled by Annie Leibovitz
Lavazza Coffee hired world renowned celebrity photographer to create their 2009 calendar. Drawn to the homeland of fine coffee (Italy, naturally), Annie Leibovitz sent a studio minion to scout out possible Roman and Venetian locations (because she didn't have time, naturally). But, lo and behold, the calendar features more than just photographs by Leibovitz.
Paolo Pizzetti, a mid-level Italian photographer from Tuscany, claimed after seeing the calendar that not all photographs were actually authored by Leibovitz. How did he make that call? Besides hard evidence or gut-feeling, Pizzetti penned a complaint which stated that he recognized specific details, "The same wet weather conditions, cloud formation, same bird in the upper left portion of the photograph." Though apparently this might not have been enough to warrant a winning case for Pizzetti in court, Leibovitz settled this quietly, in her own way. A relatively small payment of $350,000 dollars later and the rabble rouser is pacified. Now, Pizzetti changes his tune to acclaim the greatness of Leibovitz's photography skills. But who in the first place needed to hear what we already know? Genius, talent and skill have nothing to do with being a shady businesswoman and dealmaker.
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