Fashion Model Sofia Richie, daughter of Singer Lionel Richie, is being sued for over $1 million by a celebrity photo agency after she posted photos of herself without permission, then refused to take all of them down.
The photos were taken as part of a partnership with Japanese brand Samantha Thavasa in 2017. Richie then posted seven of them on her Instagram, which has over 3.2 million followers, allegedly without permission or payment. Here's where the story gets weird: Backgrid, the celebrity photo agency involved in the suit, claims it sent Richie's lawyers notice of the violations, including a cease and desist letter in October, but only four of the seven images were removed from her Instagram; in fact, at least two of the images were still visible on her account at the beginning of this year. It's unclear why Richie only partially cooperated with the cease and desist, but the result is Backgrid filing a suit seeking over $1 million in damages. Of course, it's not the first time a lawsuit over someone posting pictures of themselves has surfaced, and as social media continues to become a crucial tool for promotion, I'm sure it won't be the last time we see such a case.
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