Jill Duggar has been trying to entertain herself in various ways these days just like the rest of us. Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, have said in the past that they’re big fans of Netflix. Duggar recently asked fans for some Netflix recommendations, but it didn’t take long for people to notice that the photo she’d posted was not her content — and no credit was given.
The Duggars have been accused of breaking the law in the past
Over the years, the Duggar family has built a reputation of being nearly perfect. They are very devout Christians who feel that everything they do is for God, which means that they’re always trying to live their lives in the purest way possible. However, the family has come under fire at times for accusations of breaking the law.
In 2019, there were rumors that the Duggar family home was allegedly raided by Homeland Security. However, the Duggars denied any reports that said something of the sort. Still, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) reportedly confirmed the story to various news outlets, though it’s unclear how or why it happened. Plus, Josh Duggar, Michelle and Jim Bob’s oldest son, has reportedly broken the law in the past — he allegedly sexually abused several of his own siblings as well as allegedly had his used car dealership raided by homeland security in 2019.
Duggar just posted a photo that might have violated copyright law
Jill Duggar recently posted a photo to her Instagram account asking for Netflix recommendations from fans. The image showed Netflix’s logo popping up on a computer, which was set on a bed and had a candle and glasses beside it. Some fans showed concern for Duggar having a candle on her bed; one user commented, “Who in their right mind would put a lit candle in their bed?” but Duggar never responded to the comment.
Later, though, a Reddit thread was formed, in which a user had actually found Duggar’s photo on Pinterest — and fans realized that she might have stolen the content.
Fans were furious that Duggar didn’t know better
“Too lazy to make her own Netflix aesthetic,” the original poster wrote. “Well Michelle taught them about Bankruptcy but I can’t imagine they covered Copyright Law,” one user replied, seemingly sarcastically. “I don’t have Instagram but I hope someone calls her a** out on this,” another user added.
To be clear, when someone steals a photo and claims it as their own, it’s considered copyright infringement — and it’s illegal. One news outlet reported that things like this have become more common, especially with memes being so popular right now. But that doesn’t change the fact that, unless someone has permission to use the photo, it’s technically breaking the law, according to the Federal Copyright Act of 1976.
Instagram strongly discourages posting content that doesn’t come straight from the user: “The best way to help make sure that the content you post to Instagram doesn’t violate copyright law is to only post content that you’ve created yourself.”
It’s unclear if Duggar obtained the rights to the photo, but since she didn’t give any credit and the photo surfaced on Pinterest, the answer is likely no. However, it’s important to note that we can’t definitively say that Duggar is using the photo illegally, since she didn’t confirm or deny it.