The Weird Reason Gigi Hadid is being Sued for Posting a Picture of Herself
One thing that stars these days are no strangers to is posting images of themselves on social media. In fact, it’s actually how a lot of them build their empires and land sponsorships.
But could celebrities actually get in trouble for posting pictures of themselves?
According to documents obtained by PEOPLE, the case was submitted in federal court on Monday and shows that Hadid is being sued by photo agency Xclusive for posting a photo that the company took in October of 2018 without first obtaining permission from the photographer.
The company is seeking damages for the copyright issue, as well as any monetary profit that Hadid received from posting the photo that had over 1.6 million people comment on it or like it.
Hadid has since taken the photo down, but Xclusive still isn’t satisfied. They claim that Hadid does this often and on purpose.
“As of the date of this filing, Hadid’s Instagram account includes at least fifty examples of uncredited photographs of Hadid in public, at press events, or on the runway,” the documents continue.
The photography company even referenced another photographer’s lawsuit against Hadid.
In 2017, photographer Peter Cepeda photographed Hadid and she posted the photo on social media. The problem was that she never asked for his permission to do so. Cepeda then filed a lawsuit against her that was eventually settled out of court.
“The facts alleged in Cepeda’s [case] are nearly identical to the facts alleged in the present case, including the allegation Hadid copied and posted [the] plaintiff Cepeda’s copyrighted photograph to Hadid’s Instagram and Twitter accounts without license or permission from Cepeda,” the documents read.
As many stars do, Hadid took to Instagram to defend her actions when the topic first came up in October of 2018.
“Yesterday I heard from my management that I am being ‘legally pursued’ for my last (now deleted) Instagram post,” she wrote on the social media site. “The photo is by a Paparazzi and is of me on the street outside an event last week. I posed/smiled for the photo because I understand that this is part of my job, this was an appropriate situation for ‘the press’ to attend, and also that this is how paparazzi make a living.”
She went on to express how the paparazzi continually invade her privacy.
“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. But there is a line,” she wrote. “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.”
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Hadid isn’t the only one who has been sued for copyright infringement. When Hadid posted about being sued in October, Khloe Kardashian was quick to come to her defense.
“Perfectly said!!! I was sued for HUNDREDS of thousands for posting a picture of myself,” she commented on Hadid’s post. “I don’t understand how it’s right that they literally stalk us and taunt us AND they are allowed to sue us for posting OUR OWN PHOTO.”
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