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JAY-Z’s Jonathan Mannion Lawsuit Could Change Photography

Several weeks ago, JAY-Z celebrated 25 years since releasing his debut album, Reasonable Doubt. Amid the fanfare is a lawsuit against the photographer for the artwork of the Roc-A-Fella Records LP. Jonathan Mannion was behind the lens for the black-and-white photograph of Shawn Carter in the tailored suit, scarf, and cigar. However, Jay’s representatives are knocking the hustle that’s developed around Mannion selling images from the shoot.

Mannion’s company and website have sold shirts, turntable mats, and other items without the permission of Jay or Roc. According to Reuters, “The complaint said that Mannion violated JAY-Z’s publicity rights

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