In a court case that highlights the mounting difficulties photographers face in protecting their work, a California portrait studio has sued Playboy for publishing an image without the studio’s permission.
The image: a high school portrait of future Playmate Colleen Shannon.
Shannon gave the photograph to Playboy for publication, but did not have permission to do so, argues Carla Calkins, owner of Mother Lode Photography  in Diamond Springs, Calif.
The Sacramento Bee  talked with Stephen Morris of the Professional Photographers of America, who said that fast-and-loose interpretations of fair use are effectively “taking money out of photographers’ pockets.”
Mother Lode’s suit alleges that Playboy has shown a “a pattern of willful disregard” for the copyrights of professional photographers.
Early last year, Playboy was involved in a much-publicized dispute  with Jessica Alba after a photo of the actress appeared on the magazine’s cover without her permission. Alba threatened to sue but the dispute was settled out of court.
[tags]playboy, photography, scott baradell, photographers [/tags]