Dr. Lillian Glass Recently Won Copyright Infringement Case Against Marsha Petrie Sue And Applauds Famed Photographer Dave La Chapelle For Seeking Justice Against Rihanna

Having won a Copyright Infringement case myself a few months ago against an Arizona Public Speaker, Marsha Petrie Sue who was found liable in a US Federal Court in Los Angeles of  willful copyright infringement, I have the utmost respect for photographer Dave La Chapelle for going after singer Rihanna , her video director, her label, and  her team.

In my situation, the defendant, Marsha Petrie Sue did word for word copying of my materials and placed that material in her 2007 “Toxic People” book,

which by the way is the same name as my 1995 “Toxic People” book. She not only used my copyrighted material in her book, she placed it on her website  and took credit for it as her own.

Appalled at seeing my material in her version of “Toxic People” and then  over the internet as well, I had no choice but to use the legal system to protect my rights.


I felt I was fighting for not only me but for everyone who creates- every author, songwriter, screenwriter, artist, designers, and photographer.

So when I learned that acclaimed  photographer Dave Chapelle decided to stick up for his rights and take the matter through the legal system I couldn’t have been happier.
Apparently LaChapelle is suing singer Rihanna, as well as her record label and a her video director Melina Matsoukas, for  allegedly using his copyrighted photos as the basis for her latest video, “S&M” and using his photos without his permission or reference to him.
Just as Marsha Petrie Sue claimed my material as her own without giving proper credit, Rihanna and her video director and record label have allegedly claimed LaChapelle’s material as their own.

La Chapelle states the  similarities between his copyrighted work and the costumes and poses used in Rihanna’s video alleging they were “willful, wanton and deliberate” acts of copyright infringement.

Rhianna and company, allegedly used the LaChapelle’s copyrighted image “Latex”  where  in Rihanna’s video, noting a the left side of  her   face  is against a blue background as she is wearing false eyelashes and close-fitting, shiny, pink latex hood, with her mouth open as a  small candy is placed on her tongue  which was  a striking similarity to his work.

Allegedly Rihanna and her team wanted the video director to create a “LaChapelle-esque” music video LaChapelle also found  that the storyboards which were apparently used for the video had prints of his works and other photographs.
LaChapelle is quoted as saying “Musicians commonly pay to sample music or use someone’s beats and there should be no difference when ‘sampling’ artist’s visuals.”

How right he is!  In my case as a writer, people have paid me to use my quizzes or the lists in my book. So when Marsha Petrie Sue took my material and claimed it as her own she paid the consequence of  being found liable by a unanimous jury in A US Federal court as a willful copyright infringer.

For LaChapelle, who has made  millions of dollars for his videos such as they ones he directed for  Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, it is not just about the money.

That was the case with me. In fact because Petrie Sue didn’t sell that many books, my award wasn’t that high. But it was the principal of the situation that meant the most to me.I am sure that is the case with La Chapelle.
The fact that Rihanna’s video is not being sold in eleven  eleven countries because it has been  banned due to the offensive nature of the video, he may likewise  end up receiving a lesser financially amount than he initially intended .
Taking a case to a US Federal Court is not an easy undertaking. It is definitely not for the weakk of heart. It requires a lot of emotional strength  to deal with all of the ups and downs that no doubt take place. But in the end it is worth it 100 per cent.

After winning my case against I have become even  more  empowered as a human being. It has given me the peace of mind that I will never allow anyone to take from me what is not rightfully theirs as I stuck up for myself and what I created.

As a result of this experience I am even more in love with my country than ever before as I saw how the legal system works and how justice prevailed. www. drlillianglass.com


3 thoughts on “Dr. Lillian Glass Recently Won Copyright Infringement Case Against Marsha Petrie Sue And Applauds Famed Photographer Dave La Chapelle For Seeking Justice Against Rihanna

  1. Congratulations on your victory!!I wish LaChapelle and others similar success as well because their work deserves to protect their hard work and endeavors for plagarism. I’ve experience my work stolen in business and journalism years ago until I took bus. law. ed. Your thread is definitely going in my fav’s.


  2. Good enough! I congratulate anyone who creates something and then moves to protect it from those who would steal it and present it as their own work. What nerve and laziness…and how clearly they are saying to everyone, “I have no creativity or unique skills of my own so I must copy and steal from someone else.” No shame!


  3. I am happy for you and for La Chapelle. As a photographer, I sometimes do wedding and engagement photography. I have a written agreement with a particular couple that they are to acknowledge the photos as being taken by me, but they have not done this. They have scores of the photos posted on their Facebook profile without mentioning my name. I have warned them but they don’t listen. People are always asking them who took the photos but they never answer the questions. There is very little financial loss on my end because of this, except for the fact I heard they have been slandering me for some reason or another to keep me from getting other work… but my question is, aren’t there punitive damages I can seek? My reputation and the honoring of the original agreement are at stake here. By the way, any photos from here on will be visibly embedded with my name and business/copyright information.


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