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Ann Kirsten Kennis filed Lawsuit

Posted by RakeshP on Jul 24, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Ann Kirsten Kennis filed a $2 million lawsuit against ‘the American indie rock band’. Ann Kirsten Kennis was the former model who retired in 1983. On the cover of their album, Contra, they used her image without her permission that’s why she claims on that band.

In Los Angeles’ Superior Court, She filed legal papers on 14th July 2010, alleging that her signature was forged on photographer Tod Brody’s photographic release.

Her lawyer, Alan Neigher, explained how the photo might have gotten into the hands of the band. “It was taken by her family… Her mother was a chronic Polaroid snapshot taker, and used to sell whole archives of photographers to these chops, five bucks a hundred or whatever.

The alleged photographer is Tod Brody, who is also listed as a defendant in the case. “Ms. Kennis’ claim that I didn’t take the photo is blatantly false,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I took the photo in 1983. The photo was in my possession the entire time, for 26 years, until it was delivered to Vampire Weekend.

She is suing Brady and Vampire Weekend, claiming the group should have fully verified the legitimacy of the picture release before using the shot on their album.

Sonya Kolowrat, a spokeswoman for XL Recordings, said: “Vampire Weekend and XL Recordings licensed the rights to use the photo on the cover of Contra pursuant to a license agreement that contains representations and warranties authorizing this use of the photo.”

Contra was released in January and debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart in the US.

During an interview on MTV in October 2009, the band’s front man and bassist were asked about the image of the blonde model on the cover of the forthcoming album.

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