Subject: FEDERAL LAWSUIT Filed against AMERICAN BALLET THREATRE dancer MISTY COPELAND,OPRAH WINFREY,Gilda Squire, Harpo Inc. We have filed ........Edwards v. Copeland, No. 5:14-cv-01762 (D. Conn.)
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 background of OWN TV SuperSoul Sunday video of American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland that aired on September29, 2014. It has been shown on at least ten other internetsites. As of this date November 13, 2014 they are still being aired worldwide. As Misty Copeland has her own back story so do I which I have never revealed to anyonenow I will. At some point your production people were advised by, I 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 orproduction company permission to film, copy, release forpublic or commercial usage, a release or an authorizationuse 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 about Misty Copeland. At that time, red flags shouldhave notified the staff at OWN to seek out the creator of "BALLET SLIPPERS"and verify whether or not a copyright existed andif permission had been granted for its usage. Oprah Winfrey Networkas well as Misty Copeland and Guilda Squirewas lax in not doing their due diligence and allowed thisvideo and other videos to air with mycopyrighted image, "BALLET SLIPPERS" and "LEG WARMERS" in poster form, clearlyvisible and therefore the parties mentioned above are guilty of willfull copyrightinfringement, which is a Federalcriminal and civilcrime.
Oprah Winfrey, Misty Copeland and Gilda Squire, her agent/manager, have been made aware of their willfull infringement of my two copyrighted images, "LEG WARMERS" and "BALLET SLIPPERS", that appear in poster form that appear in several Misty Copeland and in Super Soul Sunday self promoting videos just to name a few. They have ignored my attorneys attempt to settle this privately but have chosen toignore 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 haveresearched this thoroughly and havevideos, still pictures, times, dates,verbal and writtendocumentationthat they allowed both images to be shownrepeatedlywithoutever providing any release orauthorization to use, distribute or display myimages in any video or still images. That is because theynever had a release from me.Photos available upon request.
I have litigated 39 copyright infringement cases concerning my artwork, this will make number40andthey have all been settled quickly in my favor, amicably and to mysatisfaction. I expected this to be the case and the cases against Oprah Winfrey, Misty Copeland and Guilda Squire.No matter howExtremely Rich or Famousyou think you are breaking the lawDOES NOTgive you a free get out of JAIL card.
For more information emailJane.Rivlan@yahoo.comor call401-451-3321 All three defendants have ignored the serious unlawful usage of my artwork thus we willfile on Monday Nov 24, 2014 a lawsuit and have against Oprah Winfrey Network (Harpo), American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland and her agent Guilda Squire inConnecticut Federal Court, Hartford, Connecticut. You may reach me at 401- 451- 3321 EmailHarvey@HarveyEdwards.com http://harveyedwards.com/
TheSummation By Harvey Edwards Let me preface this piece by apologizing, as I am not a professional writer, for any grammatical errors. But, am I sorry for but the heart of this piece? I am not. How did we come to this situation of three successful individuals breaking federal law? I have gone through 39 copyright infringement cases where others have used my art work that has been copyrighted, and thus protected by law, without any release. That's understandable, people make mistakes we are all human. When that happens I have never taken them to court as we work out a solution and the problem is gone. All have acted professionally and owned up to their mistake and that's how it should be, but now case number 40 is a whole new ball of wax. I tried to reach out to them as early as 3 months ago, as did my attorney, to settle this amicably and privately. We not only were met with resistance but in the case of Gilda Squire with insults, accusations and arrogance. Each defendant, Oprah Winfrey, Misty Copeland and her puppeteer (agent / publicist) Gilda Squire believes that they have their own set of laws that they abide by and thus this federal law does not apply to them. Let's take Oprah Winfrey first, a very rich person whose ego, I believe, far surpasses any other human on our planet. This is a huge medical problem. Yes, she is generous but when she gives her audience 275 brand new cars, whether they need one or not, for free while seventeen million young children go hungry each night in America then she has a problem. All her priorities in life are so far askew that not even the best medical team could help her. It's a commonsense answerEGO, EGO, EGOand the inherent feeling of being needed, loved and admired whom ever she needs to pay for that attention. Now Misty Copeland, granted she has come up against many barriers in life to become a dancer with American Ballet Theatre, but every human being on this planet has had obstacles that they have had to overcome. I too have had severe hardships in my life but have only shared them with my family and a few friends and have never gone to the general public to elicit their sympathy in order to promote myself. I have fought with my entire being to overcome my problems to achieve the respect from my workwithout using the crutch of sympathy. Many times it boils down to timing, luck, perseverance and your own innate talent. Misty Copeland touts herself as a role model for all the young aspiring ballerinas. Over the past 35 years I have worked with the best dancers in the world but not one,I repeat not one,has posed and exploited themselves in the many sexual poses that Misty Copeland has. Looking at some of these provocative and lewd images I don't know of any parent who would ever want Copeland as a role model for their children. But in her mind she thinks she is, that's bullshit. Don't believe me? Just google her name and go to some of her images and videos such as her posing on top of a piano under the Brooklyn Bridge - the only thing missing is the pole. To me, some look like soft porn and not about being a classical ballet dancer which she always pontificates on in every self promoting interview. Spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Club? I think not. Somebody in corporate for the organization should think seriously if they really want Misty Copeland to represent them. I believe in protecting young children as they are absorbing everything as the truth. She says she overcame adversity but to become what; a sex symbol or a classical ballet dancer? To be role model you must choose one. In her quest for fame and fortune what one sees as a "role model" is someone who sold her soul to the devil. After you look at some of her pictures I think you'll agree with me too.Misty Copeland is not the role model anyone wants for their children.
Last, but not least, the puppeteer (agent / publicist), Gilda Squire was once a publicist for the Wall St brokerage firm Goldman Sachs, emphasize the gold in Goldman. Ms. Squire is a spin doctor, that's her job, getting the public to admire her client even through unscrupulous means which of course turns into money,her main objective.
By Harvey Edwards
On a personal note, I never had talked about or looked for sympathy to promote myself as Misty Copleand does. Everyone has a sad story and had hard times in their life's. Nobody except my family andyounow know that my father died when I was a child and that my mother died when the doctor preforming a very routine procedure botched up and she died a month later from that. Nor does anyone know I had agoraphobia and could not leave my house for years and decided that either I would just give up or fight with all my might to get out and make a life of creativity to express myself. The fact that I live with depression which is a challenge every day I wake up. Does the public know about this NO. I amNOTlooking for anyone to feel sorry for me but proud of what I have accomplished through hard times and let that be my source of satisfaction without the spin that Misty Copeland and her agent Gilda Squire has used to promote her with a sad story of herlife growing up. Every human on this planet has been through hell sometime in their life but you normally don't hear about it over and over again and again.
To Legal Department Oprah Winfrey Network
Harpo Studios 1058 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, Il 60607 November 20, 2014 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 background of OWN TV Super Soul Sunday video of American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland that aired on September 29, 2014 and is still airing as of Dec 17, 20014 Worldwide. It has been shown on at least ten other internet sites.
At some point your production people were advised by, I 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 Networkas 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 they never 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.
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE NRA THEN STITCH UP THE FLAG BRING AMERICA BACK TO A COUNTRY YOU CAN BE PROUD TO CALL YOUR HOME. Due to the help of THE NRA we are rated number one in the world for having privately held guns. Approximately 300 million plus GUNS and there are only 317 million Americans living in this country in total .Using the most recent CDC estimates for yearly deaths by guns in the United States, it is likely that as of today, 9/14/2014, roughly 60,750 people have died from guns in the U.S. since the Newtown shootings. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY POLITICIAN'S are the root cause of DEATHS by GUNS in AMERICA NOW DO YOU FEEL SAFER ? "ONLY IN A PIG'S EYE !" V O T E DEMOCRATIC AND SQUASH
We are so sorry we left England to find a better place to live but the politicians turned that great piece of land called America into a Living Hell. Now we are gong to face a revolution in this country. This is not the land of the free and the home of the brave but the land of the rich and the home of the poor. The politicians really screwed the country up and it will get worse until it becomes a place to leave. We the common people ask you look into your heart with great compassion on your part, PLEASE TAKE US BACK.
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
THE BLIGHT ON THIS PLANET "AMERICA"
FIRST AND FOREMOST
I must THANK all GREAT friends and followers that have inspired me to work hard to help change America to a country that we all would love to live in, and call our home. I say, "AMERICA is the BLIGHT of this PLANET". With that being said, America, since I know first hand, all the problems American politicians have caused for "WE THE PEOPLE" and around the world. This is an EXTREMELY corrupt country, being that money buys power and TAKES control of your lives. "WE THE PEOPLE" do not have the ENORMOUS funds needed to change the corrupt system to a fair and balanced government. Men (most), politicians (ninety eight percent), the government (ninety nine percent), those greedy power hungry money makers (one hundred per cent), just to name a few. ABSOLUTELY ZERO RESPECT for WOMEN, THE NEEDY, VETERANS, THE SICK, SENIORS, THE POOR, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, KILLINGS BY GUNS, THOSE WHO HAVE MENTAL DISORDERS, ILLEGAL WARS, THE SEVENTEEN MILLION CHILDREN THAT GO TO BED HUNGRY EVERY NIGHT, RACISM and I an saddened for all the other great Americans that have been used, abused and the forgotten millions.
THIS COUNTRY IS A SICK & PATHETIC JOKE ! America has been turned into a REALITY SHOW and its a show that should be CANCELLED. Some illiterate Americans hear, view and believe the news from lying Spin Masters such as ESPECIALLY FOX NEWS (KING OF REAL SPIN). The real NEWS programs you can count on, telling you the TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH, without the SPIN FACTOR are NEWS networks such as NATION PUBLIC RADIO or PUBLIC BROADCASTING STATIONS., KNOWN AS NPR.
WHERE has the RESPECT for WOMENor just COMMONSENSE COURTESY IN America GONE ? Where is our culture going as it's in the toilet right now ? This true example is why this country has lost all humanity towards others and has become a very superficial country and going downhill at a speed faster than light. You can honestly now call our country "AMERICA, THE BEST SUPERFICIAL REALITY SHOW ON THE PLANET", just take look at your TV Guide. I am only ONE person and without a large amount of funds to remove the corrupt, dishonest, deceiving, greed sucking politicians and men with a black heart. Can I help with other great Americans renew America to one of RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD ON A PATH OF COMMONSENSE DECENCY, I THINK NOT. America is going to be history and we will regret ever leaving England for a better place to live. The sad part is that we have actually not only made the wrong choice but made a beautiful country a pure hell hole.