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BuzzFeed Faces Copyright Lawsuit Over Viral Model

An Idaho photographer, Kai Eiselein, has filed a copyright lawsuit against BuzzFeed, claiming the site used one his images without permission for a soccer montage called “The 30 Funniest header faces.” The lawsuit, filed in New York earlier this month, claims BuzzFeed owes more than $3.6 million in damages as a result of the soccer pic appearing on 64 sites around the web. According to Eiselein, who uploaded the original image to Flickr, BuzzFeed is liable for “contributory infringement” because the site’s viral news model encourages readers to share the content they find.

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