Raanan Katz Sues Blogger For Posting Embarrassing Photo Of Him

Posted Jun 26, 2012

Raanan Katz, a minority owner of the Miami Heat NBA team, has filed a copyright suit against a blogger for putting up an embarrassing photo of him. This is pretty surprising because the picture only shows him sticking his tongue out. Katz is also suing Google for refusing to take the photo down. Katz is demanding an injunction and damages over the photo. The photo was posted on a blog that focuses on Katz’s alleged rip-offs on his commercial real estate investments. In the lawsuit, Katz believes that the photo shows a ?partially distorted due to its unflattering nature.?

The photo is still posted on the blog, RKAssociatesUSA website. This is the second time that Katz is suing the blogger that runs the website. The lawsuit appears to have failed based on the grounds that Katz is a public figure and the blogger has the freedom of speech. Katz’s lawsuit lists the blogger as Irina Chevaldina.

Google is involved in the lawsuit because they refused to take the photo down even after receiving a DMCA copyright takedown notice. Below is a copy of the complaint:

Katz Complaint