In a previous article I discussed how supermodel, Bella Hadid, was being sued for posting pictures of herself on Instagram. I also talked about how this is seemingly becoming quite a frequent occurrence. I believe this is mostly due to the fact that most people don't seem to understand how copyright laws work.
NBA superstar LeBron James is facing a $150,000 lawsuit for posting a picture of himself on his social media sites. Photographer Steve Miller filled the suit against the star on the 17th of March for an image that was posted back in December last year. The image in question, currently remains up on social media and the comments that it is generating, really paint a picture of ignorance.
Reading some of the comments on the post above, you can see that many people don't seem to understand how copyright for photography works. There are comments which accuse Miller of trying to make a quick buck. Some have even been asking whether Miller had consent to photograph James in the first place. It's clear that many of these people don't seem to understand copyright ownership.
I believe, if this was understood better by the stars, celebrities and more importantly the companies and agencies representing them, these kinds of situations could be avoided. It's difficult to understand how the agencies and companies that work with these stars don't seem to understand the basics of copyright laws.
Lead image by Wikipedia user Keith Allison, used under Creative Commons.