$1.1 million to take topless photos atop the Empire State Building
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I didn't even know the Empire State Building was privately owned. Embarrassed In any event $1.1 million is how much they think they were embarrassed by cell phone shots taken there: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25734917

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What did you expect, full scale nudity on the RVF??? Laughing

Excerpt: "The owners of New York's Empire State Building have sued a fashion photographer who shot images of a topless woman atop the skyscraper.

They say Allen Henson's actions in August were "inappropriate" at a family tourist attraction and that he lacked permission to hold a photo shoot there.

The owners seek $1.1m (£668,455) in damages.

Henson says the photos were taken of a friend on his personal cell phone and have "zero commercial value".

The New York-based photographer and Iraq war veteran told the BBC he first learned of the lawsuit through the news media on Monday and had not yet retained a lawyer.

'A great view'

"It wasn't a photo shoot", he said, adding the images were taken of a good friend, Texas-based model Shelby Carter, on the 86th storey observation deck.

"We thought it would just be wonderful, a great view… no harm no foul", he added. "Nobody was injured, no children were around."

In a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court, the companies that own the building and operate the observation deck argue the incident threatened their ability to ensure a "safe, secure and appropriate place for families and tourists".

ESRT Observatory and ESRT Empire State Building also claim Henson lacked the required permission to use the trademarked image of the popular tourist spot, which attracts four million visitors annually.

The photographer told the BBC the photos were not intended for commercial distribution and he had not made any money off of them since they were taken.

He also added that many of the tourists around him on 9 August were also taking photos and video on their personal cell phones without securing prior permission.

"It's not logical," he said of the lawsuit. "They've made a mistake here."
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#2
Most of these stories are about lawsuits that are just filed , not won or even taken to court.
I'm not saying they aren't amusingSmiling

Just wondering ,you didn't think Empire State Building was privately owned. You thought the government owned it?
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#3
I've never been east of the Mississippi River. I don't really know what's out there. I would have guessed it was some kind of national monument or something. Smiling ("State Building" - sounds like government at some level to me.) Laughing

Here's another pixelated version, I know we're all adults here and BZ is gone so what the hell. Laughing

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#4
Yup, "zero commercial value" while sitting home at night with a bottle of Japanese own bottle of Jim Beam Smiling
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