Jennifer Lopez sued for $150K for posting photo of herself on Instagram

Jennifer Lopez attends the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 8, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Jennifer Lopez is being sued for posting a photo of herself on Instagram.

New York photographer Steve Sands is accusing Lopez and her production company Nuyorican Productions for copyright infringement and seeks an excess of US$150,000 in damages, according to court documents.

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The photo in question was posted to the 50-year-old singer’s Instagram page in 2017 but Sands is arguing that the photo was used without permission to “promote their brand” to her Instagram followers.

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“Defendants did not license the Photograph from Plaintiff for its Website, nor did Defendants have Plaintiff’s permission or consent to publish the Photograph on its Website,” the lawsuit reads.

According to the court docs, Sands is “entitled to statutory damages up to $150,000 per work infringed.”

The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court by lawyer Richard Liebowitz who told E! News, “This is an example of celebrities using photographers’ photographs without permission to brand themselves on social media. The number of likes the photograph receives coupled with their number of social media followers is a tool to commercialize their posts.”

In 2019, Lopez was sued for copyright infringement over a photo she posted to her Instagram Story in 2017.

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The lawsuit, filed by Splash News and Picture Agency, is in regards to a photo of Lopez and Alex Rodriguez holding hands on a sidewalk in New York City, according to court documents.

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“Plaintiff never licensed the Photograph to defendant. Nevertheless, Lopez used it without authorization or permission from plaintiff to do so,” the suit stated. “Specifically, Lopez or someone acting on her behalf copied the Photograph and distributed it on Instagram, via the @jlo account, on a story posted November 7, 2017.”

“The Photograph is creative, distinctive, and valuable,” according to 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.”

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The company was seeking $150,000 and an injunction against Lopez and her team to stop them from posting the photo again.

In January, Lopez was sued by the ex-stripper who is the inspiration behind Lopez’s character Ramona in Hustlers for $40 million.

Samantha Barbash filed a federal lawsuit against Lopez’s production company Nuyorican Productions, STX Entertainment, Gloria Sanchez Productions and Pole Sisters LLC.

Barbash claimed the companies tried to “exploit” her likeness and character in the movie, according to court documents.

Barbash also claimed the film’s producers attempted to “obtain a consent and waiver from Ms. Barbash for the production of the film and their ultimate portrayal” of her.

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Barbash’s lawsuit alleged the movie defames her by portraying Lopez’s character “using and manufacturing illegal substances in her home where she lived with her child.” She said those claims and portrayals of her likeliness were “untrue and offensive.”

Lopez has not spoken out in regards to the new copyright infringement lawsuit as of this writing.

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