CHICAGO (AP) — An eight-member jury has been seated to hear a lawsuit accusing talk show host Oprah Winfrey of copyright infringement when she used 11 photos in a best-selling book.
A panel of three men and five women was chosen Monday after five hours of questioning by Judge Ruben Castillo. The trial was expected to last about eight days.
Winfrey, who may be a witness, sat at the defense table with her attorneys, listening closely as Castillo questioned prospective jurors.
The suit accuses Winfrey of copyright violation when she used 11 photos in her book, "Make the Connection: Ten Steps to a Better Body and a Better Life," co-authored by fitness expert Bob Greene.
Winfrey says the more than $250,000 that she paid photographers Paul Natkin and Stephen Green gives her the right to use the pictures in her book or any way she chooses.
But the photographers, who own the copyright, say the money entitled her to use the pictures as publicity shots with press kits but not as part of a book.