JOINT STATEMENT BY THE ANSEL ADAMS PUBLISHING RIGHTS TRUST, RICK
NORSIGIAN AND PRS MEDIA PARTNERS, LLC REGARDING SETTLEMENT OF
On August 23, 2010, The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust filed a civil complaint in
the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against PRS Media
Partners, LLC and Rick Norsigian. On December 28, 2010, Rick Norsigian and PRS Media
Partners filed a Counterclaim against the Trust in the same court.
The parties deny the validity of the claims brought against them. PRS Media and
Norsigian believe that sixty five glass plate negatives purchased by Rick Norsigian were created
by Ansel Adams, and prepared a report they believe authenticated the Negatives as being created
by Ansel Adams. The Trust disputes the conclusions of the report and that the Negatives were
created by Ansel Adams.
The parties have now agreed to resolve these disputes and have entered into a
confidential settlement agreement in which each side assumes its own costs and fees in
connection with the claims. Under said agreement, Rick Norsigian and PRS Media agree to not
use Ansel Adams' name or likeness or the ANSEL ADAMS trademark in connection with the
sales, promotion or advertisement of negatives, prints, posters, or other merchandise based on
negatives. Norsigian and PRS Media may continue to sell negatives, prints, posters and other
merchandise associated with negatives, subject to a disclaimer approved by The Trust, and
provided they do so in a manner consistent with state and federal law. Further, both parties have
agreed not to make any defamatory statements about the other or unlawfully interfere in each
other's businesses. As a result of the agreement, the parties today submitted a joint request
asking the Court to dismiss the complaint and counterclaim without prejudice.
The Lost Negatives Team