Cardi B absolved in racy copyright infringement case over mixtape art

Jonathan Landrum Jr.

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A jury sided with Cardi B on Friday in a copyright infringement case involving a man who claimed the Grammy-winning rapper misused his back tattoos for her sexually suggestive 2016 mixtape cover art.

The federal jury in Southern California ruled Kevin Michael Brophy did not prove Cardi B misappropriated his likeness. After the jury forewoman read the verdict, the rapper hugged her attorneys and appeared joyful.

Cardi B thanked the jurors, admitting she was “pretty nervous” before hearing the verdict.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to lose or not,” she said after leaving the courthouse. She was swarmed by several reporters, photographers and more than 40 high schoolers who chanted her name. One fan held up a sign asking if she could take him to his homecoming dance, to which she replied “Yes, I’ll see what I can do.”

“I told myself if I win, I was going to cuss Mr. Brophy out. But I don’t have it in my heart to cuss him out,” she said. In the courtroom, Cardi B had a brief, cordial conversation with Brophy and shook his hand.

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Brophy filed the lawsuit a year after the rapper’s 2016 mixtape was released. He called himself a “family man with minor children” and said he was caused “distress and humiliation” by the artwork – which showed a tattooed man from behind with his head between the rapper’s legs inside a limousine. The man’s face cannot be seen.

“At the end of the day, I do respect you as an artist,” Brophy said to Cardi B.

Brophy’s lawyer, A. Barry Cappello, said photo-editing software was used to put the back tattoo, which has appeared in tattoo magazines, onto the male model featured on the mixtape

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Russia Threatens Legal Action Over Newspaper Image of Putin As Clown

  • Russia’s Swiss embassy threatened a newspaper with legal action over an image it published.
  • The Neue Zürcher Zeitung included an image of Putin as a clown in an article on memes.
  • Officials said “insults and fakes” were beyond the limits of free speech, and threatened to report it.

Russian officials threatened a Swiss newspaper with a legal action after it published an image depicting President Vladimir Putin as a clown.

Zurich newspaper the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, published the piece “Between Superheroes and Villains: The Power of Memes in the Ukraine War.” It discussed how viral images played a part in discussion of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The lead image featured Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Iron Man next Putin with a clown nose and colorful face paint.

Its intent appears to have been to illustrate the type of imagery used, rather than to argue that the newspaper or its writers consider Putin to be a clown.

Russia’s embassy in Switzerland responded with a letter to the newspaper’s editor, describing itself as “extremely outraged” by the image.

The letter argued that freedom of speech was not an excuse to publish “insults and fakes.”

It took special offense at the rainbow colors on Putin’s face, citing his hostility to LGBTQ people.

It also objected to what it called the depiction in the article of Putin as a war criminal, a common charge among Ukrainians, human-rights observers and Western officials.

The message ended with a reference to Switzerland’s defamation laws and said the officials “reserve the right… to apply to the Swiss law enforcement agencies” to take action over the image.

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