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Leibovitz Sued for $300,000

Annie Leibovitz is not having a good year. Not only must she repay a $24 million loan or risk losing her homes and the rights to a lifetime of photographs—by Tuesday—but now she's being sued for copyright infringement. The Guardian reports that Siena photographer Paolo Pizzetti has filed a $300,000 suit against Leibovitz over a Lavazza coffee company promotional calendar. Pizzetti says Leibovitz asked him to scout locations for the calendar, including the Trevi Fountain in Rome and the Plaza San Marco in Venice. He alleges that he was told that Leibovitz wouldn't be coming to Italy to finish the assignment, but saw his images of the fountain and plaza in the calendar, published last October. Leibovitz's spokesperson said, "Since we have not yet seen the filing, we have no comment."