Hello! launches legal action over Jolie-Pitt baby photos

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    Hello! launches legal action over Jolie-Pitt baby photos

    LONDON (AFP) - Hello! magazine said it was taking legal action after pictures of Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's baby surfaced on the Internet days before the magazine was to feature them.

    "We've sent each of the websites a legal letter saying they have to take down the pictures otherwise they will be sued by us because of the total breach of copyrights," Hello! UK's features editor Juliet Herd told AFP.

    She did not name the websites which published the pictures on Tuesday, bearing the Hello! logo.

    By Wednesday afternoon, the photographs had been taken down.

    Hello! paid a small fortune for the rights to the photos, distributed by the Getty agency, which were to appear on the magazine's front page on Thursday in Britain and Spain.

    In the United States, People, a weekly magazine also out Thursday, has the rights to the much sought-after baby snaps, which had sparked a bidding war between publications.

    Herd said the leak "has nothing to do with us".

    "Nothing is authorised at all to appear on the web or elsewhere. It was strictly embargoed," she said.

    Hollywood's hottest couple became the proud parents of daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt on May 27 in Namibia. The baby pictures were taken last weekend.

    According to experts, the pictures could have been worth up to three and a half million pounds (five million euros, 6.5 million dollars). The money will be donated to charities, Pitt and Jolie said.
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    People magazine will feature the first photos of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's newborn daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt in their next issue, on newsstands this Friday, June 9, 2006.

    "We're thrilled to bring these beautiful family portraits to our 40 million readers," said People managing editor, Larry Hackett. "Our readers have followed Angelina Jolie's pregnancy with much anticipation, and we're happy that they'll see these photos for the first time in People."The photos of Shiloh Nouvel were shot by Getty Images in Namibia.

    The images from the photo shoot will raise funds in support of charitable causes.
    "While we celebrate the joy of the birth of our daughter, we recognize that two million babies born every year in the developing world die on the first day of their lives," the couple said in a joint statement. "These children can be saved, but only if governments around the world make it a priority."

    Shiloh Nouvel was born May 27 in Namibia. In the weeks leading up to the birth, the couple retreated to the African country for government-assisted privacy. Delivered by Caesarean section, the baby weighed 7 pounds and was said to be in good health.

    The couple have yet to make a public appearance since the birth. Jolie, 30, has two adopted children: 16-month-old Zahara, from Ethiopia, and 4-year-old Maddox, from Cambodia. Both had their surnames legally changed to Jolie-Pitt after Pitt announced his intentions to adopt the children as well.

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    Magazine launches action over leaked Jolie pics

    By Paul Majendie
    Wed Jun 7, 6:45 AM ET

    LONDON (Reuters) - The celebrity magazine Hello! launched legal action on Wednesday against Internet sites that printed a leaked exclusive shot of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt with their infant daughter.

    Just as People magazine announced it had landed exclusive North American rights to the first pictures of the baby, an image of the newborn Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt and her parents popped up on at least two Web sites as the cover shot for Hello!

    "We were very shocked and horrified to see that this embargo has been breached," Juliet Herd feature editor for Hello! Magazine, which sells in Britain, Spain, Turkey, Russia, Dubai, Thailand and Greece, told Reuters.

    "Hello! is taking legal action around the world to stop Internet sites and everyone else who may seek to publish," she said. "We are sending out legal 'Cease and Desist' letters to each of these sites."

    It is very difficult to control the Web and this proves how rampantly out of control it is. We have absolutely no idea how the picture was leaked," she said.

    The couple announced on Monday that they had agreed to let photo agency Getty Images market pictures of their newborn with all proceeds going to help the less fortunate.

    Experts said worldwide rights to the pictures could sell for anywhere from $5 million to $7 million.

    The picture surfaced on celebrity-lampooning Defamer.com (http://www.defamer.com) and the LiveJournal gossip blog (http://community.livejournal).

    Defamer.com, whose image portrays the baby in a golden glow, said: "Mere moments after staring upon the Chosen One's image, we felt as if we were bathed in the same golden light that surrounds the infant's still frail form."

    Alison Crombie, press spokeswoman in London for Getty Images, told Reuters: "Our legal team are looking into it and we will take it from there. But I really don't think it will devalue the pictures as everyone is dying to see the full set."

    "Other deals are still being negotiated," she said.

    The baby was born on May 27 in a hospital in the southern African nation of Namibia where an army of paparazzi had descended, hoping to capture their own photos of the child.

    For celebrity magazines and photo agencies, there is increasingly cut-throat competition to land exclusives and sate the appetite of readers obsessed by the lives of the stars.

    Prices have gone through the roof in the past two or three years and Alan Williams, head of celebrity agency Big Pictures, told Reuters: "The first pictures of Brad and Angelina with the baby are a massive opportunity.

    "It is the photo of the year for U.S. magazines -- they are royalty over there. In Britain it would be fantastic for Hello! even though they are not the stars they are in the United States," he told Reuters.

    "This is all part of the blog culture where people are stealing pictures from photographers and agencies and putting them on the Internet."