Teen model sues Apple over ‘hot’ pics

Apple Store“A Long Island teen beauty says an app-maker turned her into an Internet tart,” Kathianne Boniello reports for The New York Post.

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“Aspiring model Rebecca Battino’s career got off to a strange start when sexy self-portraits she took as a 16-year-old popped up in an online iTunes application called ‘eXtreme Cam Girls,'” Boniello reports. “Unbeknownst to her, the images soon spread like a virus to dozens of flesh sites across the Web, making her an international sex sensation.”

Boniello reports, “Battino, now 19, took the pictures of herself in the mirror with a digital camera. The steamy shots were swiped from her computer, Battino claims in a $1 million Manhattan federal-court lawsuit that accuses Apple and app-maker Samba Studios of copyright infringement.”

“The application has since been removed from the iTunes store, but Battino is fuming that she hasn’t gotten any credit — or cash — for the shots,” Boniello reports. “‘I was just upset that I’m not being paid for my pictures,’ she told The Post. ‘I’m not embarrassed.'”

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124 Comments

  1. @KSH,
    If I took a picture of my body in a mirror, and someone used it in an app, I wouldn’t expect money…hell I would be happy…unless of course they used it in a Horror movie…the great white whale eats New York or something.

  2. @KSH,
    If I took a picture of my body in a mirror, and someone used it in an app, I wouldn’t expect money…hell I would be happy…unless of course they used it in a Horror movie…the great white whale eats New York or something.

  3. “While Ms. Battino is remaining tight-lipped over how the pics made the jump from her personal iPhoto library into eXtreme Cam Girls, she’s more than happy to express her anger over not getting compensated for the shots.”

  4. “While Ms. Battino is remaining tight-lipped over how the pics made the jump from her personal iPhoto library into eXtreme Cam Girls, she’s more than happy to express her anger over not getting compensated for the shots.”

  5. Adolescents do stupid things. I did. You used to be able move on and leave those stupid actions behind you as you matured. Not anymore. It’s not bad enough that others may capture your stupidity on video or pics. The lack of sense extends to enshrining yourself in the Idiots Hall of Fame. For all those here that regularly boo-hoo Parental Controls, all I can say is wait until you raise teen kids, especially girls. Parents want to simply get their kids through this period of life healthy and whole, with limited drama and angst. I feel for this girl, but can only advise her that laying low is probably the best action. Suing Apple only goes to show that she has a bit more maturing to do. Suing the publisher that is using the pic for commercial purposes without a release is fine.

  6. Adolescents do stupid things. I did. You used to be able move on and leave those stupid actions behind you as you matured. Not anymore. It’s not bad enough that others may capture your stupidity on video or pics. The lack of sense extends to enshrining yourself in the Idiots Hall of Fame. For all those here that regularly boo-hoo Parental Controls, all I can say is wait until you raise teen kids, especially girls. Parents want to simply get their kids through this period of life healthy and whole, with limited drama and angst. I feel for this girl, but can only advise her that laying low is probably the best action. Suing Apple only goes to show that she has a bit more maturing to do. Suing the publisher that is using the pic for commercial purposes without a release is fine.

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