Justin Bieber Isn’t the Only Celebrity Who Has Been Sued over Instagram Photos
Paparazzi did not take people using their photos on social media lightly, and many celebrities are witnesses to that.
For the past few months, photographers have been cracking down on A-listers who share their photos on Instagram. Many celebrities are soon hit with a lawsuit for copyright infringement and have to dish out a ton of money.
Justin Bieber happens to be the latest celebrity this has happened to.
After being sued by a photographer for posting a photo of himself on Instagram, Biebs is now one of the many celebrities who’ve been faced with this legal issue.
Jennifer Lopez recently came under fire for her Instagram photo
Just one week prior to Bieber’s lawsuit, Jennifer Lopez was hit with copyright infringement over one of her Instagram photos.
According to E! News, Splash News and Picture Agency filed the lawsuit against Lopez after she posted an unauthorized photo of herself to her Instagram Story back in 2017.
The photo showed the singer and her fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, holding hands while walking around New York City.
Since Lopez is not the exclusive copyright holder of the photo, the company is looking to sue the Hustlers star for $150,000.
They are also seeking to put forth an injunction that will stop Lopez and her team from posting the photo ever again.
Ariana Grande was hit with a $25,000 lawsuit
Earlier this year, Ariana Grande found herself in some hot water for her Instagram photos.
Back in May, New York-based photographer Robert Barbera filed a lawsuit against the “Thank U, Next” singer after she posted two of his photos on her Instagram without his permission.
The two images were shared on Aug. 17, 2018 and show Grande carrying a bag that read “Sweetener,” with the caption, “happy sweetener day.”
While this was probably Grande’s way of celebrating the one year anniversary of her Sweetener album’s release, Barbara didn’t take kindly to the singer’s the post.
It was soon reported that the photographer was suing Grande for the profits she earned from the post (the initial Instagram photo garnered 3,392,079 likes), or $25,000 in damages for each of the two photos.
Gigi Hadid has a history of being sued by paparazzi
To say Gigi Hadid has had a rocky past with paparazzi would be an understatement.
The supermodel has found herself up against a few photographers after using their photos on her personal Instagram.
Just last month, it was reported that Hadid was being sued by photographer Robert O’Neil after posting a his photo of her ex-boyfriend, Zayn Malik, on her Instagram Story.
According to the court documents, O’Neil claims that Hadid “infringed” his copyright by “reproducing and publicly displaying” the said photo of Malik.
O’Neil is currently seeking to be compensated for “actual damages and Defendant’s profits, gains or advantages of any kind attributable to Defendant’s infringement of Plaintiff’s Photograph” or “statutory damages of up to $150,000.”
Although Hadid has yet to comment on the lawsuit, this isn’t the first time she’s been sued over Instagram photos.
Back in October 2018, the supermodel was sued by a different photographer after she posted a now-deleted paparazzi photo of herself on social media.
After learning of the lawsuit, Hadid took to Instagram to call out photographers who seek legal action against celebrities over paparazzi photos.
“To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job,” Hadid wrote. “But there is a line. We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences.”