Can you imagine getting sued for posting your own picture on Instagram? Unfortunately, that’s the sad reality that today’s celebrities face when they don’t own the rights to their own image. Pop singer Ariana Grande is the latest starlet to get hit with a lawsuit for sharing a picture of herself that was copyrighted by the paparazzi. Find out why Ariana Grande is facing a lawsuit for uploading pics of herself to Instagram.
Thank U, Next
In an ironic twist of fate, the Thank U, Next singer is currently in hot water for sharing some sweet pictures of herself to her social media profile. Since the shots were taken by New York photographer Robert Barbera, Ariana technically doesn’t have ownership of the photos that she posted. And Barbera is expected to be reimbursed for Grande’s use of his images.
On May 12, 2019, Barbera officially filed a lawsuit against Grande for copyright infringement. Apparently, Barbera claimed that Grande didn’t expressly ask him if she could utilize the images. Also, Barbera had already gotten the shots trademarked with the U.S. Copyright Office. Nonetheless, the talented artist posted the pics to her Instagram and instantly gained more than three million likes.
God Is A Woman
The woman who belted out the power ballad God Is A Woman is forced to face reality in the light of Barbera’s lawsuit. The disgruntled paparazzo is asking for all of the profits that Grande may have made from posting his photos. If that’s not enough money, then he’s looking to earn $25,000 in damages for every photo uploaded by the singer. His lawsuit also states that “Barbera is the author of the photographs and has at all times been the sole owner of all right, title and interest in and to the photographs, including the copyright thereto.”
Ariana has since deleted the photos in question, although the internet captured a screenshot of it before it was taken down. In them, Grande appears highly unbothered as she walks out of an NYC building dressed in an oversized white sweater, white thigh-high boots, a diamond choker, and a see-through promotional tote for her 2018 album Sweetener. She innocently captioned the Instagram post “happy sweetener day.” The U.S. District Court Southern District of New York literally used the screenshot of her Instagram as court evidence.
Side To Side
Apparently, the Side to Side artist is known for her no-nonsense approach to her published photos. For example, photographers are supposedly only allowed to take pics of her “good side.” Supposedly, once they shoot her, they have to have her crew’s blessing before they can publish it. Reportedly, photographers were so upset with her demands that they pleaded to Grande herself. Surprisingly, the National Press Photographers Association mailed her a note asking for her company GrandAriTour, Inc. to reconsider its strict contracts. Recently, she clapped back at paparazzo for a “rights grab,” meaning she’ll have ownership of all images taken of her on tour.
However, Ariana isn’t the only celebrity who’s been under fire for posting a copyrighted photo of themselves to social media. She has joined a league of extraordinary women that include Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, and Khloe Kardashian. All three women have faced lawsuits for using their own picture on social media. Not only that, but supermodel Gigi Hadid was also sued for uploading a trademarked shot to her Instagram in October 2018. Even selfie queen Kim Kardashian endured the same legal issue for sharing her famous image. Fingers crossed that Grande’s lawyers can get her out of this mess!
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