This could be the reason. They need to remove any copyrighted photos they have been using without paying for the rights.
CLEAR CHANNEL SUED OVER ARTIST PHOTOS
National Photo Group has sued Clear Channel and 11 CC stations in U.S. District Court in Texas, saying the stations' websites used its pictures -- including photos of Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr and of England's Prince Harry -- without permission. NPG says in the lawsuit that its copyrighted pictures were "copied, modified, and/or displayed" on CC station websites.
Among other claims, NPG says the pics Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr showed up on the sites for stations including WUSY and WRVR; that a picture of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore was used on the sites of KHFI, KPPT, and KZCH; and that pictures of England's Prince Harry appeared on the site for KPEK.
In its filing (case number 5:13-cv-00531-HLH1, filed June 19), NPG claims Clear Channel and the stations were aware of the infringement, saying they "were aware of facts or circumstances from which the infringements were apparent," and that they received "financial benefit directly attributable to the infringements," since the pictures brought traffic to the station websites.
NPG is looking for $150,000 per infringement or actual damages and wrongful profits in an amount to be determined at trial, along with its attorneys' fees and other costs.
The stations named in the lawsuit are:
Top 40 WWRVW/Nashville, Country WUSY/Chattanooga, Top 40 KHFI/Austin, Rhythmic WSNX/Grand Rapids, Top 40 WVKS/Toledo, Rhythmic KPTT/Denver, Country WUBL/Atlanta, Top 40 KZCH/Wichita, Hot AC KPEK/Albuquerque, Country WYYD/Roanoke, and Top 40 KZHT/Salt Lake City
Posted on June 27, 2013 - 01:44 PM