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Jared Leto files appeal over legal battle with TMZ

Actor Jared Leto has filed an appeal in his legal battle with bosses at news website TMZ over his published video attack on Taylor Swift.
The actor/rocker filed a copyright lawsuit against the website’s bosses in December (15), claiming they had no right to post footage of him taking aim at Swift’s music, insisting it was an invasion of privacy.
In the video, Leto and an engineer poked holes in songs on Swift’s 1989 album before the Dallas Buyers Club star said, “I mean, f**k her… I don’t give a f**k about her.”
TMZ editors published the clip in December (15), prompting Leto to quickly apologise to Swift before launching the lawsuit.
However, last month (Sep16), U.S. District Court judge Ronald Lew concluded the footage was never owned by Leto, and the videographer, identified as Naeem Munaf, had transferred the rights to the gossip site.
Lew agreed with the defendants’ lawyers, ruling the video wasn’t created for Leto’s company because the videographer wasn’t an employee, and there was no written agreement suggesting the Oscar winner owned the footage.
Leto maintained the tape was stolen and on Thursday (07Oct16), his lawyers officially challenged the judge’s decision.

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