Oprah Settles with Shutterbugs
It’s all over between Oprah Winfrey and the two photographers who were suing her for copyright infringement over the use of 11 of their pictures in her 1996 fitness bestseller, “Make the Connection.” Yesterday, on the second day of the trial, Judge Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court in Chicago announced the settlement — for an undisclosed amount that the talk show queen will apparently pay lensmen Stephen Green and Paul Natkin. Had the case not been settled, it would have been up to a jury to decide whether or not Oprah, 46, had broken the terms of her agreement with the photographers, who reportedly insisted that their pictures were only to be used in press kits, not in a published work. The jury then would have set a price figure on the amount of damages, if any. From 1986 to 1992, Green and Natkin had shot thousands of behind-the-scenes pictures of Oprah and her TV guests.