Moore claimed in a statement filed with the Federal Court last week that New Idea had infringed on her copyright of the pictures by putting them on the cover of its March 8 edition, and across two pages inside the magazine. The actress is seeking unspecified damages from the magazine''s publisher Pacific Magazines, owned by Channel 7, and has asked for the profits the company reaped from the shots.
In the claim, Moore also stated that she had agreed to buy the photographs from party organiser Jeffrey Best during a conversation on the day of the party, and that the photographer had also signed a pre-party deal to hand them to Best.
However, it was not revealed in the statement how the photographs came into the possession of New Idea. Kevin Dorey, from Moore''s Melbourne solicitors Marsh&Mayer, declined to comment. Pacific Magazines has yet to file a defence.