The cover art for the single uses a photograph of Jamaican-born, Miami-based model Nerissa Nefeteri. However, according to Nerissa and photographer Jason Bassett, they weren’t contacted by the ‘Champion Boy’ deejay’s team to use their content.
Bassett posted a lengthy message along with the picture on his Instagram page explaining that no one contacted him or went through the proper channel to request permission to use his work.
He says he is “seeking to be paid” for their hard work and that he chose to go public because private have not worked.
Someone STOLE my work. I can't speak on specifics but I am currently dealing with serious intellectual property theft. And thankfully I'm equipped to deal with it and I have the right people in place. This is an image of @nerissanefeteri I shot back in 2o1o. Some of you may remember this. Well, a major artist has stolen the image by using it to advertise their brand, music. Etc. This person can afford to pay for the proper licensing of a photograph, being an elite in their field. I must stand my ground and fight for all of the passionate artists being ripped off. I myself and the model have been harassed by their fans as if we should be grateful for this theft, even without being credited. This is not acceptable. And how is it okay for someone to spend their last fucking dime to live out there dreams (alot of my friends) and someone who can afford to do the right thing does everything but accept responsibility. This falls to the fault of poor management. Poor choices. And it has reach the level of disrespect. This is our creative property and we will not be swayed from our objective. We are seeking to be paid for our hard work and respected, as we want want them same for all of you. Why go public? Well because private hasn't worked. To all my creatives, I will fight for you. And the future of protecting creative property.
Bassett told The Tropixs that “Nerissa sent him the photo after she was tagged a crazy amount of times about an artist stealing our shot. This was shot by me in 2010 of her, and was never sought after for permission.”
“When I contacted Alkaline’s management, they keep asking for proof that I shot it, when proof is online even through a quick Google Search, through the models page, through the model release I provided and the high-resolution photos I only have.” He adds
“Then they proceed to tell me they can’t deal with me or settle because many people are claiming the photo. Admitting right there that they stole it and have no idea who owns it,” he said.