Doniger / Burroughs Enforces Photographer’s Rights in Iconic Hip-Hop Images

Venice, CA – Doniger / Burroughs has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in Federal Court on behalf of esteemed Brooklyn photographer Dana Lixenberg. The suit seeks to enforce Ms. Lixenberg’s rights in a number of well-known photographs she captured of hip-hop legends Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur during the height of their popularity in the 1990s.

Ms. Lixenberg’s photographs have been misappropriated and incorporated in numerous items of clothing marketed and sold by retailers Forever 21, Target, Urban Outfitters, and Macys. See below for one exemplar of the illicit merchandise at issue in the case:




biggie knock off F21c

Ms. Lixenberg seeks to restrain the defendants from the unauthorized use of her photographs, as well as recover copyright infringement damages.

Dana Lixenberg is represented by Scott Alan Burroughs and Justin M. Gomes.

For further information, contact Grace Garcia at (310) 590-1820.

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