Teenager Sues Apple For Using Pictures Of Her In ITunes App

25/10/2010 14:21 | Updated 22 May 2015

A teenage girl is suing Apple after pictures she took of herself as a 16-year-old ended up in an iTunes app without her consent.

Aspiring model Rebecca Battino's career got off to a surprise start when sexy self-portraits of herself in a plunging black swimsuit appeared in an online iTunes application called 'eXtreme Cam Girls' without her knowledge or permission.

The images soon spread like a virus to dozens of flesh sites across the web.

Battino, now 19, from Long Island, US, took the pictures of herself in the mirror with a digital camera. She claims that the shots were taken from her computer, and is now embroiled in a $1 million Manhattan federal-court lawsuit that accuses Apple and app-maker Samba Studios of copyright infringement.

The application has since been removed from the iTunes store, but Battino is fuming that she hasn't got any credit – or payment – for the shots.

Speaking to the New York Post, Battino said: 'I was just upset that I'm not being paid for my pictures, I'm not embarrassed.'

The shot of Battino in her revealing swimsuit was the only icon advertising the eXtreme Cam Girls app on iTunes, Battino alleges.

She refused to say how or who might have stolen the pics but insists Miami-based Samba Studios never tried to contact her to see if they could use the pictures.

Samba Studios and Apple did not respond to requests for comment on the suit, which was filed last week.

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