Kat Von D is being sued for tattooing a photographer's image without permission

Miles David photo tattoo
(Image credit: Jeff Sedlik)

Celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D is being sued by photographer Jeff Sedlik for using his photograph of Miles Davis for a tattoo on one of her clients. The photographer is accusing Von D of copyright infringement, as she used his image without permission. 

The iconic image of Miles Davis was taken by Jeff Sedlik in 1989 for a cover story in JAZZIZ magazine. This image then went on to be published in multiple magazines around the world, including Life magazine. In March 2017, Kat Von D then used this photo to create a tattoo for a client. 

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!