To Legal Department
Oprah Winfrey Network
Harpo Studios 1058 W. Washington Blvd,
Chicago, Il 60607
November 20, 2014
Dear Oprah Winfrey,
I, Harvey Edwards, have been a professional photographer for
over 40 years and have created some of the most iconic
ballet images that are known around the world. "LEG WARMERS" and "BALLET SLIPPERS" are several on those images. The registered copyright numbers onthose images are VA 78-073 and VA 67-170 and were created in 1979."BALLET SLIPPERS" was part of the backgroundof OWN TV Super Soul Sunday video of American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland that aired on September 29, 2014. It has been shown on at least ten other internet sites. As of this date November 20, 2014 they are still being aired worldwide.
believe, Gilda Squire to blur out Leg Warmers. I have never authorized
Oprah Winfrey Network, Gilda Squire or American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland or any other person or production company permission to film, copy, release for public or commercial usage, a release or an authorization use any of my images, specifically "LEG WARMERS" or "BALLET SLIPPERS" for public or commercial usage to, in this case, Oprah Winfrey Network or any other self promoting videos such as Misty Copeland - 15, Dance Channel TV or Madame Noir about Misty Copeland or many others showing these two posters of mine. At that time, red flags should have notified the staff at OWN to seek out the creator of "BALLET SLIPPERS" and verify whether or not a copyright existed and if permission had been granted for its usage. Oprah Winfrey Network as well as Misty Copeland and Guilda Squire was lax in not doing their due diligence and allowed this video and other videos to air with my copyrighted image, "BALLET SLIPPERS" and "LEG WARMERS" in poster form, clearly visible and therefore the parties mentioned above are guilty of willfull copyright infringement, which is a Federal criminal and civil crime.
Misty Copeland and Gilda Squire, her agent/manager, have been made aware of their willfull infringement of my twocopyrighted images, "LEG WARMERS" and "BALLET SLIPPERS", that appear in poster form that appear in several Misty Copeland self promoting videos. They have ignored my attorneys attempt to settle this privately but have chosen to ignore this dire situation. Thus litigation naming Oprah Winfrey, Misty Copeland and Gilda Squire, her agent / manager / publicist, once a publicist for Goldman Sachs 1996-2001 five years four months, do I need to say anymore !
We have researched this thoroughly and have verbal and written
documentation that they allowed both images to be shown
repeatedly without ever providing any release or authorization to use, distribute or display my images in any video or still images. That is because theynever had a release from me. I have further documented in stills and video, dates and times of all usage that my artwork appears in on other sites that have shown this video and several others that contain my copywritten artwork. More Photos available upon request concerning this lawsuit.
I have litigated 39 copyright infringement cases concerning my artwork, this will make number 40 and they have all been settled quickly in my favor, amicably and to my satisfaction. I expect this to be the case and the cases against Misty Copeland and Guilda Squire. No matter how Extremely Rich or Famous you think you are breaking the law DOES NOT give you a free get out of JAIL card.
You have ignored the serious unlawful usage of my artwork thus we will within a week file a lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey Network (Harpo), American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland and her agent Guilda Squire in Connecticut Federal Court, Hartford, Connecticut.
You may reach me at 401-451-3321
"LIFE INSPIRES ART"