In what appears to be a rising trend, Jessica Simpson is the latest famous face landing in legal trouble after posting an image of themselves on Instagram.
Simpson was photographed leaving the Bowery Hotel in New York on August 9, 2017, with the images appearing in an online article for the Daily Mail. It was following the Mail’s article going live that Simpson posted the photo to her account.
Splash News was licensing the photos and had allowed the Mail a limited license; however, no permission was ever granted to Simpson. Splash is now claiming damages, arguing that Simpson posting it had directly harmed their chances of profiting from the photo. What’s more, the photo is alleged to have had the copyright management information removed, so no details about the photographer or the copyright were available.
Lawyer Peter E. Perkowski wrote:
Simpson’s Instagram post and Twitter tweet made the photograph immediately available to her nearly 11.5 million followers and others, consumers of entertainment news — and especially news and images of Simpson 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.
The incident is similar to the situation Bruno Mars found himself in recently, after being sued by a photographer who had taken a picture of him as a child, which he posted without credit or permission.
Lead image credit: John VanderHaagen on Flickr, used under Creative Commons.