So for once a Kardashian doesn’t want some video of herself out there – at least not yet. Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Kim and hubby-to be Kanye West today filed a complaint in LA Superior Court against YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for filming the rapper’s October 21 marriage proposal to the E! star and putting it online. The breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment filing (read it here) seeks a jury trial as well as unspecified damages galore and gate crasher Hurley handing over any profits he might have made from putting the proposal at San Fran’s AT&T Park up on his new Mixbit site. It seems the duo didn’t want anyone but their own crews filming anything because the footage of the event was intended for M Cable Television, an offshoot of Keeping producers Bunim/Murray and E! – which means you likely would be seeing it soonish on the long running reality series.
“Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are entertainers. Entertainers get paid for their work,” says the complaint, at least telling us Kim’s real status. Slagged as a tech one-hit wonder in the complaint, Hurley actually did sign a confidentially agreement when he tagged along to the invite only event with a friend. There’s a pic of him with it in the filing. “The value of Kardashian’s and West’s rights of publicity in the future has been diminished because defendants, through their conduct, have cast a cloud on the exclusivity of any such future rights. Being under the belief that their planned broadcast may be upstaged prior to its publication, purchasers and licensees will not value such intellectual property rights as highly, their revenue sources, including advertisers, will not pay as much for broadcast rights tied to such events, and the value not only of the Event, but of future events, will therefore be diminished, with potential buyers and licensees offering reduced consideration for such rights,” the 19-page filing goes on to add. The complaint does note that Hurley apologized and has told the couple that he put the footage up on his new venture “after seeing multiple pictures and videos on Instagram.” Not good enough for Kim and Kanye who I’m assuming will now incorporate this potential courtroom drama into the E! show. Either way, the duo are represented by Eric George and Russell Wolpert of LA firm Browne George Ross LLP.
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