Jennifer Lopez has been hit with a lawsuit over a paparazzi pic she posted of herself and Alex Rodriguez.
She’s being sued for copyright infringement, and Splash News and Picture Agency are seeking $150,000 and an injunction against her.
If you’re an A-lister and the paparazzi catches you having a rom-com couple moment with someone, go ahead and frame that pic, but think twice before Instagramming it. Otherwise, you might end up like J. Lo, who is being sued for $150,000 for posting a paparazzi picture of herself and A-Rod on Instagram.
Paparazzi photo controversy is a whole ~thing~ in Hollywood right now, and J.Lo’s hardly the first to be sued. Basically, if a celebrity posts a paparazzi picture of themselves without permission from the company who took the pic, they could be sued for copyright reasons. Gigi Hadid blasted a paparazzi photo agency last October after being sued under similar circumstances.
“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,” part of Gigi’s caption said. “But there is a line. We are human beings, and sometimes it 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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Lopez seems to be facing something similar, according to court documents E! News obtained. J.Lo allegedly posted a pic of herself and Alex Rodriguez holding hands in New York City on Instagram in November 2017 without credit or permission, so Splash News is now looking for $150,000 and an injunction so it doesn't happen again.
“The Photograph is creative, distinctive, and valuable,” the company argued in the court docs. “Because of the subject’s celebrity status, and the Photograph’s quality and visual appeal, plaintiff (and the photographer it represents) stood to gain revenue from licensing the Photograph.”
“But defendant’s unauthorized use harms the existing and future market for the original Photograph,” the docs continued. “The Instagram post made the Photograph immediately available to Lopez’s tens of millions followers and others, consumers of entertainment news—and especially news and images of Lopez herself, as evidenced by their status as followers of her—who would otherwise be interested in viewing licensed versions of the Photograph in the magazines and newspapers that are plaintiff’s customers.”
J.Lo hasn’t said anything publicly about the situation, but who knows, maybe she’ll Instagram about it.
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