(CN) - Perez Hilton used photos of "Glee" actor Darren Criss on his website without permission, a photographer claims in Federal Court in Los Angeles.
Robert Caplin, a professional photographer who contributes to publications like The New York Times and National Geographic, sued gossip blogger Perez Hilton, real name is Mario Lavandeira Jr. claiming copyright infringement.
Caplin says last year he published 32 photos he took of actor Darren Criss on his website. The photos were previously used in a New York Times story about Criss' debut in a Broadway show, the complaint says.
Despite the fact that the photos were copyrighted to Caplin, gossip blogger Perez Hilton used 14 of Caplin's photos on his website PerezHilton.com, according to the complaint.
Hilton added a "PEREZHILTON.COM" watermark to the photos "and applied a hyperlink to the photographs for the viewer to shop for clothing like that worn by Mr. Criss in the photographs," the complaint says.
Caplin said he called Hilton about the photos the day after he discovered they were being used without permission.
"During the telephone call, Hilton apologized to Caplin and agreed to remove the photographs from Hilton's website," the complaint says.
Despite the apology, Hilton refused to take down the photos, Caplin claims.
Caplin sued Hilton for copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and seeks $150,000 in statutory damages for each of Hilton's infringements.
Caplin is represented by Carolyn E. Wright and Leslie Burns of Glenbrook, Nev.