The Splash News and Picture Agency has filed a $150,000 lawsuit against Jennifer Lopez for sharing one of their photos in an Instagram Story without their permission two years ago. The photo showed Lopez and her fiance Alex Rodriguez walking in New York City, and according to the lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Central District of California, the singer-actress never had the permission to post the photograph. With the lawsuit being filed two years after the photo was posted, and the huge sum of money involved, the media definitely has it eyes on this lawsuit, as PetaPixel detailed:
The lawsuit does state that Lopez was notified of the infringement “through her representatives” via letter on December 12th, 2017, but since the Instagram story disappeared 24 hours after it was posted, Lopez representatives may not have taken the letter seriously.
“At the time Lopez copied and distributed the photograph, she knew or should have known she did not have authorization or permission to do so,” claims the lawsuit. And since the @jlo account boasts over 100 million followers as of this writing, the agency maintains that “defendant’s unauthorized use harms the existing and future market for the original Photograph” by making the photo “immediately available to Lopez’s tens of millions followers.”
Splash is seeking $150,000 in damages, and an injunction against Lopez and her team stating that they cannot post the photo again.
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