A Photographer That Counts Prince as a Mentor is Now Suing His Estate


Prince’s music inspired legions of fans around the world and, apparently, he also mentored and inspired one photographer that is now suing his estate.

Photo by Free Creative Stuff from Pexels.

For what, exactly?

Copyright infringement and unauthorized use of images according to FStoppers.

But, aside from the somewhat sensational headlines the case is causing, it seems to be quite mundane from a legal standpoint.

The photographer, Madison Dube, established a relationship with Prince back in 2013 when the singer expressed an interest in her work.

He then contracted her on a freelancing basis for photography, videography, and some graphic design work. On top of all of this, she counts him as a mentor and friend.

Her contention is that the estate used her work without her permission and that Prince himself was a strong advocate for artists’ retaining the rights to their original work. She is seeking damages as well as a court order to stop further use of her images.

Text from the lawsuit reads in part: “Ms Dube now brings this action to assert her rights guaranteed under the Copyright Act, and to preserve the integrity of her work, currently being commercialized by defendants and used for mass-marketing, mass-produced sales and advertising, without her consent and contrary to the intent behind the creation of those works.”

Among evidence that Dube has concerning the use of her work are everything from proof that the team at Prince’s estate behind the image infringement knew they were hers to attempted usage negotiations before using them anyway.

What do you think? Sounds like a pretty open and shut case of copyright infringement, right? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Also, don’t forget to check out our other photography news articles on Light Stalking by clicking here.


What We Recommend to Improve Your Photography Fast

It's possible to get some pretty large improvements in your photography skills very fast be learning some fundamentals. Consider this the 80:20 rule of photography where 80% of the improvements will come from 20% of the learnable skills. Those fundamentals include camera craft, composition, understanding light and mastering post-production. Here are the premium guides we recommend.

  1. html cleaner  Easy DSLR –  Friend of Light Stalking, Ken Schultz has developed this course over several years and it still remains the single best source for mastering your camera by identifying the main things that are holding you back.
  2. Word to html  Understanding Composition – As one of the core elements of a good photograph, getting your head around composition is essential. Photzy's guide to the subject is an excellent introduction. Their follow-up on Advanced Composition is also well worth a read.
  3. Word to html  Understanding Light – Also by Photzy, the other essential part of photography is covered in this epic guide and followed up in Understanding Light, Part 2. This is fundamental stuff that every photographer should aim to master.
  4. Word to html  5 Minute Magic Lightroom Workflow – Understanding post production is one of the keys to photographs that you will be proud of. This short course by one of the best in the business will show you how an award-winning photographer does it.

About Author


Kehl is our staff photography news writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing and you can get to know him better here

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *