Splash News is the latest celebrity photo agency to go after blogger Perez Hilton [Wikipedia entry] for posting photos without permission. Hilton, whose real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira, was served with a cease and desist order on Tuesday while sitting in The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf café, where he regularly works on his popular blog.
In a letter drafted by L.A. law firm Makarem & Associates, Hilton was ordered to remove exclusive photos of Britney Spears holding her baby Jayden James, taken in Louisiana by Splash snappers Aaron St-Clair and Steve Dennett.
The legal move by Splash, one of the biggest paparazzi agencies in the world, comes just weeks after a photographer from FilmMagic confronted Hilton at a Hollywood event about pilfering his photos.
A defensive Hilton snapped at the photographer: “Nobody contacted me to take it down, so shut the f**k up!" [...]
Beverly Hills-based X-17 has also warned Hilton about the unauthorized use of its pictures.
A spokesperson for Toronto-based LDP Images told canada.com the agency is "considering our options" in regards to Hilton's unauthorized use of its photos.