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Playboy mag suing Irish website over kate pictures

THE Playboy Magazine company claims an Irish-based website breached its copyright by publishing a link to exclusive photos of model Kate Moss "in various states of undress" which were used in the magazine's 60th anniversary edition, the High Court heard.

The action has been brought by Playboy Enterprises International inc, part of the magazine empire founded by Hugh Hefner, against Entertainment Media Networks, which offers listings for television, live music, cinema and theatre on its entertainment.ie website.

In early December 2013, Playboy claims, the website published without its consent a link to images of the supermodel, which were exclusively commissioned, a week before the 60th anniversary edition was published.

California-based Playboy says the defendant caused it significant loss and damage as well as damage to its reputation by publishing the images without its consent or permission.

It alleges that on December 3, 2013, the defendant unlawfully published without its consent an entry entitled "Save yourself a fiver. Here's Kate Moss' NSWF photos from Playboy" with a link to its website.

The link added: "It's all about saving every penny at this time of year".

The application was before Ms Justice Marie Baker, who reserved her decision.