Friday, March 7, 2008 Chicago Sun-Times ' Who owns rights to James Brown pics by Jaclyn Brenning Springfield - The family of the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown isn't feeling so good after learning a six-year publicity rights battle could be in vain. At the heart of the controversy, and a new bill in the House of Representatives, is Corbis Corp., a stock photograph company from California. Chicago lawyer William Coulson said his client, Brown, discovered Corbis selling photographs of him without his permission. A six-year struggle ensued. Brown and his family won in an Illinois appellate court just months after Brown's death in 2006. Coulson said the case is still pending. But a House panel on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow organizations to sell a photograph without being liable if the customer uses it illegally. Coulson said the question is whether companies can sell photos without the consent of the person being photographed. Under Illinois statute,he said, they cannot. Coulson said the damages the Brown family would be entitled to could be moot if the legislation passes.'