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Celine Dion Blog, 'Ridiculous Photos Of Celine Dion' Shut Down After Legal Notice

07/22/2011 03:32 EDT | Updated 09/21/2011 05:12 EDT
AP

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - A website developer says he's shutting down a blog he runs called Ridiculous Pictures of Celine Dion after getting a cease-and-desist notice from the Montreal chanteuse's lawyers.

Nick Angiolillo, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., says he immediately took down the content from his blog after receiving the notice July 14.

The only post that remains on the site is a notice to readers that he had to shut it down.

"The cease-and-desist notice I received from Celine's lawyers was likely not initiated by Celine herself," Angiolillo, 26, wrote in an email to The Canadian Press.

"I don't really blame Celine -- I doubt she even knows any of this is happening."

The blog had images and videos of Dion that Angiolillo found online through Google searching. The images spanned several decades of her career and highlighted everything from her fashion choices to her costumes and funny facial expressions.

Angiolillo also provided commentary or edited the images for comedic effect.

He said he started the blog several months ago because he loves Dion.

"I am a legitimate fan of her music and her persona and I think she's honestly a very good and caring person," he said. "The blog was embraced by the Celine Dion fan community early on, and they even contributed to it.

"There were some sour people who thought it was made to mock her, but I and most of the fans never saw it that way. If you've seen Celine's documentary 'Celine: Through the Eyes of the World' you would know she has a great sense of humor and is always the first one to laugh at herself.

"The blog never once slandered or implied anything negative about Celine."

Angiolillo said he complied with the cease-and-desist notice because he simply doesn't have the time or energy to get in a back-and-forth legal discussion.

A representative for Dion did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

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