Victoria Beckham had a $150,000 legal battle dismissed without ever having to show up to court.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the photographer who recently sued Beckham, Felipe Ramales, has informed the court he is voluntarily dismissing the case.
The judge signed off and closed the case on September 24. Ramales originally filed his lawsuit on September 17.
In his lawsuit, Ramales accused Beckham of ripping off his work on her Instagram.
He said, “This action arises out of Defendant’s unauthorized reproduction and public display of a copyrighted photograph of singer and fashion designer Victoria Beckham, owned and registered by Ramales, a New York based professional photographer.
The suit explained, “Ramales photographed singer and fashion designer Victoria Beckham” and obtained a copyright.
He claimed Beckham took the photograph (of herself) and ran it on her Instagram story. He said she used it to promote her fashion business.
The photographer said, “Defendants did not license the Photograph from Plaintiff for its Instagram Story, nor did Defendants have Plaintiff’s permission or consent to publish the Photograph on its Instagram Story.”
He included a screenshot of Beckham using his work. She captioned the photo “Kisses from NYC! My favourite flower look for summer! X Swipe up to shop the look x.” She included a link to purchase her clothes. He is demanding all profits she made from the post.
Ramales sued demanding $150,000 per infringement.
Beckham isn’t the only celebrity being taken to court by paparazzi. Model Gigi Hadid was sued by a man named Robert O’Neil. He accuses her of using a photograph of her ex-boyfriend Zayn Malik on her Instagram story.
O’Neil is demanding unspecified damages for alleged infringement. He also is seeking for Hadid to have to turn over accounting. He is demanding Hadid, “be required to account for all profits, income, receipts, or other benefits derived by Defendant as a result of its unlawful conduct.” He is seeking in excess of $150,000.