Page Six reports:
A news site didn’t break copyright laws when it published a paparazzi shot it did not own showing actor Jon Hamm‘s pants bulge, a judge ruled Thursday — because of all the fuss surrounding the “Mad Men” star’s member.
HuffPost used the viral image showing Hamm strolling down the street on two legs — with an apparent third testing the tensile strength of his trousers — alongside an article headlined “25 things you wish you hadn’t learned in 2013 and must forget in 2014.”
The outlet cropped a black text box in the image over the actor’s crotch with the phrase “IMAGE LOADING,” according to the ruling. In his ruling, Manhattan federal Judge Ronnie Abrams said there’s legal precedent for news outlets using licensed images for stories that “illustrate what all the fuss is about.”
SDNY Judge Ronnie Abrams rules that HuffPost’s reposting of Jon Hamm street bulge photograph is fair use. pic.twitter.com/G18Dj9Dc0H
— JOSH RUSSELL (@jruss_jruss) September 10, 2020
Happy Thursday! Here’s a pic of Jon Hamm’s bulge. Aka my phone background/desktop background/screensaver pic.twitter.com/U6epMjr7NN
— Isabella Roman (@belle_roman) August 7, 2014