You have probably read at least one story like this at some point. A celebrity is being sued for posting a picture of themselves on Instagram, and this time, it is Jennifer Hudson.
The well-known singer and actress is being sued by New York photographer Fernando Ramales in Manhattan federal court. Ramales took a photo of the star in late 2019 in a building lobby, after which a news website purchased the shot and used it in a story on December 21.
On December 31, Hudson posted the photo on her Instagram with Ramales' watermark removed. The post remains up as of now:
Richard Liebowitz, Ramales' attorney and the same person representing photographer Steve Sands in a similar lawsuit against Jennifer Lopez, said:
More and more celebrities are using social media to reach out to their fans to promote their brand by using photographs. But Ms. Hudson and her company did not get the proper permissions to use the photograph, and they also cropped out the photographer’s watermark identifying him as the copyright holder. You simply can’t do that.
Ramales is asking for $175,000 in damages plus attorney fees.
Lead image by SSG Sun L. Vega, public domain.