Perez Hilton got videotaped getting served a Cease and Desist order while stuffing his face at his “office,” the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Cafe in Hollywood. Splash News Online slapped one of the world’s most popular and reviled bloggers with the lawsuit as he sat at a table in a tracksuit looking nonplussed. A Coffee Bean employee, who is undoubtedly used to the paparrazi and hoopla that go along with serving coffee to the stars, told them to stop photographing and blocked the scene.
I’m not really shocked by this, as Perez pissed all the paparrazi agencies off by going off in an e-mail message to X17 when they sent him a message asking that he not run their skinny Britney exclusive photo. He later spouted off in a photographer’s face when he was accused of stealing a different picture. Perez has kind of screwed himself by not citing sources, stealing other’s ideas and claiming exclusive stories that he reads about on the same bulletin boards we all frequent. The paparrazi spend a lot of money running after the celebrities and they are understandably protective of their photos, which they rely on for their livelihood.
At the same time, I “steal” these pictures too, and am having a hard time not infringing on someone’s copyright while running this blog. When someone asks me to remove pictures, and this is happening more frequently, I do it right away. I think that running pictures and crediting the source helps sell photos. The picture are lower res here and the magazines that actually make good money will buy the high res versions as a result. I was also an early adopter of Napster and think that the RIAA is out of line. I’m into technology and digital media, and believe that companies need to adopt to the new medium.
Perez is taking the hit for all gossip bloggers, but he’s an easy target because he doesn’t seem like a nice guy and he doesn’t follow the unspoken manners that govern how we work.