Regretful super-villain Jared Leto has even more woe in his life now besides the realization that he’d been cruelly tricked into making millions of dollars by a deceitful movie studio. A judge has ruled that Jared’s suit against TMZ for posting a video of him verbally cutting up Taylor “Serpent” Swift and her music was about as valid as his attempt to one-up Heath Ledger.
Back in December, Harvey Levin’s house posted a video of Jordan Catalano going through Tay Tay’s multiplex platinum 1989 record song-by-song and giving his lofty “You know I’m in an emo band, right?” opinion on each track. The Dollar Store Joker also echoed the sentiments of many by concluding “f— her. I don’t give a f— about her.”
Jared “asserted a copyright infringement claim” claiming that the video was stolen from him by the videographer, Naeem Munaf, and that his intent was to “encourage more people to stop trafficking in stolen goods.”
In a lengthy (we get it, TMZ, you won) post, the site explained exactly how and why the judge came to his decision. I am no legal eagle (but I AM a huge fan of Daryl Hannah’s next-level ridiculous “performance art” scene IN Legal Eagles) but it basically comes down to the fact that the videographer who taped Jared talking shit about Swifty wasn’t paid by him to do so. So Jared never owned the tape.
On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lew agreed, writing in a summary judgment opinion that the video wasn’t created as a work-made-for-hire for Leto’s company because Munaf wasn’t an employee of Leto’s and there was no written instrument confirming an agreement that Leto’s company owned it from the outset. In coming to this conclusion, the judge rejected Leto’s contention that he locked up rights by having Munaf sign a written agreement in December that confirmed an oral deal in September, when the footage was shot.
Sorry ’bout it, Jared. But let’s be real. The whole point of this lawsuit was to slap TMZ for cock-blocking you from any future snake-charming, so to speak. If that’s what got you in a snit, buck up. In reality, you probably dodged a future
tank top bullet, guy.
If you haven’t seen the video already, check it out here. Go for Jared trying to decide if his band 30 Seconds to Mars can use Taylor’s music as an inspiration for their future material (?!?), stay for his bathrobe and lack of eyebrows.