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October 01, 2003

Hollywood

A lawsuit has been launched against Madonna by the son of French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin.

Madonna's new "Hollywood" video is a blatant visual rip-off of the work of a late French fashion photographer, according to a federal copyright lawsuit just filed against the pop superstar. The son of photographer Guy Bourdin alleges that Madonna's video is filled almost entirely with reenactments of his father's distinctively racy images (Bourdin died in 1991 at age 62). "It's one thing to draw inspiration; it's quite another to simply plagiarize the heart and soul of my father's work," said Samuel Bourdin in a press release.

Bourdin's work imparts a "disconcerting surrealism" and a "weird sense of alienation." Shot by shot comparisons of the Hollywood video and Bourdin's Cinefilms and photographs are available through the miracle of "the internet"... Is there anything in The English Roses about copying from other students?

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 1, 2003 09:07 AM