PHOTO: MARK TWAIN Source Google News article PHOTO/ Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ and ‘The Sound and the Fury’ (1924) actress Burak akpanar (seen in a photo of her on the cover of the British magazine Vanity Fair) is accused of copyright violation.
The 21-year-old, from Sydney, has been charged with copyright infringement, theft of trade marks, breach of contract, infringement of a public domain and other charges.
He was released on bail today from the Sydney Magistrates Court on the condition he not return to the NSW Police’s headquarters for two years.
The case comes after the media company News Corporation announced earlier this year it would remove a feature on Ms Akpinare after she was named as one of its cover stars.
The company, which owns the National, Australian and New Zealand Herald, also said it would be removing her from its media coverage.
Ms Akpinara’s lawyer, Mark Twain, denied any wrongdoing and said the photographs were of “real people” and were not stolen from him.
The News Corp announcement sparked anger from many Australian consumers, who said it made it easier for Ms Akpenar to “sell” her own photographs to the media giant.
News Corp said the magazine had never given permission for the images to be used, and the company’s lawyers had “not found any credible evidence of copyright or trademark infringement”.
Ms Akpenara has a long history of making provocative photographs, which have been featured in several Australian magazines including The Australian, The Age, The Courier-Mail and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Ms akpenara was arrested in 2015 and charged with possession of child pornography, possession of indecent images of children, breach a court order to keep confidential information, possession with intent to distribute indecent images and conspiracy to commit the offence.
Her lawyer denied the charges.
The matter was dropped against her after she agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge.
News Corporation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.