It is a story we have heard many times at this point. Another celebrity is being sued for posting a picture of themselves on Instagram. This time, it is Jennifer Lopez.
The suit, which seeks $150,000, was filed by New York photographer Steve Sands. It alleges that on June 22, 2017, Lopez posted a picture of herself dressed as the character she plays in the television series "Shades of Blue," Harlee, with the caption "#Harlee." The post went on to receive approximately 656,000 likes from her 119 million followers. Sands is accusing both Lopez and Nuyorican Productions (her production company) of using his photo to promote Lopez' brand without his permission. Sands' lawyer, Richard Liebowitz, said: "The number of likes the photograph receives coupled with their number of social media followers is a tool to commercialise their posts."
Lopez is by far not the first celebrity to be sued for posting a picture of themselves in what is becoming a more common issue in the social media era, nor is this the first time she has personally been sued. Many express some level of understanding for the celebrities given that the photos are often taken by invasive paparazzi, with others applauding photographers standing up for their legal and financial rights.
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