Placebo Sued over Album Cover
The birth of rock meant many great things for mankind. It also meant the evolution of incredible bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Placebo.
Vulture recently discovered David Fox, the boy featured on Placebo’s 1996 self-titled LP is now suing the band for using his image without authorisation.
The image was taken by Fox’s cousin a professional photographer who gave permission for the band to use his photograph without consulting Fox. Fox later learned the picture was used after it had already been confirmed to appear on the album’s cover art.
The 12 year old boy pictured in a scarlet-red hoodie pulling down his face in a ghoulish expression is now all grown up and launching legal action claiming the image led to excessive bullying and harassment, forcing him to drop out of school altogether.
He told The London Times the images severely disrupted his life and childhood and “ruined his childhood”.
Within a week it was out in the shops,” said Fox. “It was in Virgin, it was in HMV, it was in Tesco, it was all over the place. I was watching EastEnders with my mum and I saw one of the billboards by the Tube station and it had my face on there.”
The group have yet to respond to the allegations, but their management has suggested that Fox direct his claim at the record label – not the band.