10/01/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT
Imitation isn't just the sincerest form of flattery -- it's also a near-guarantee for a lawsuit.
Just ask Madonna, who is being sued by the son of a fashion photographer who claims that the children's book author, Gap pitchwoman and music star copied his late father's images in a set of videos for her song "Hollywood," reports the Associated Press.
In his suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Samuel Bourdin maintains that he holds the rights to the images created by his father, Guy Bourdin, whose influential fashion photos (famed for their composition and lighting) were published in French Vogue from the mid-1950s through the late 1980s. (He died in 1991.)
The younger Bourdin accuses Madonna, 45, of copyright infringement for allegedly imitating poses and images from at least 11 works of the elder Bourdin. The suit seeks unspecified damages from Madonna and others involved in the producing of the videos.
The legal complaint details comparisons between scenes from the video and Bourdin's original shots. In but one example, says AP, both the Bourdin model (in the photo) and Madonna (in the video) appear scantily clad and peering into a round mirror.
In another example, both the Bourdin model and Madonna squat on a floor with what appears to be a large TV monitor between her legs.
No comment yet from Madonna, who this week has been promoting her new children's book, "The English Roses."