Reality TV star forced to pay US$258k in copyright breach lawsuit

One of the stars of the reality TV series, American Chopper (2003-2010), Paul Teutul Sr., has recently lost a major copyright breach lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania-based photographer, Scott Gunnells who sued Teutul to the tune of US$258,484.45 for using his work without permission on merchandise.

According to Southern District of New York court documents obtained by Page Six recently, the judge ordered the payment be made to the photographer. The image in question is of Teutul’s son, Michael, and was used on T-shirts and hoodies, and on the show. Whether or not Gunnells will see any of what’s due to him is yet to be seen as Teutel filed for filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2018. The bankruptcy case is still ongoing.


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