That one Instagram story could ‘cost you a thing’, JLo.
Jennifer Lopez is being sued for copyright infringement by a photo agency regarding a picture of herself she posted on Instagram back in 2017.
According to the court documents, Splash News and Picture Agency are suing Lopez for $150,000 and claiming that they are the owners of the photo she shared to her Instagram story two years ago.
In the photo, JLo and fiancé Alex Rodriguez are pictured romantically holding hands while out in New York City.
“Specifically, Lopez or someone acting on her behalf copied the Photograph and distributed it on Instagram, via the @jlo account, on a story posted November 7, 2017.”
The photo agency claims in the docs that Lopez, 50, had been notified of her “infringement” in a letter to her representative.
“This is an action for copyright infringement brought by plaintiff, the holder of the copyright to the photograph described below, against defendant for use of plaintiff’s photograph without authorization or permission,” the docs add.
“The Photograph is creative, distinctive, and valuable,” the photo agency says in the docs, according to E! News. “Because of the subject’s celebrity status, and the Photograph’s quality and visual appeal, plaintiff (and the photographer it represents) stood to gain revenue from licensing the Photograph.”
The docs continue: “The Instagram post made the photograph immediately available to Lopez’s tens of millions followers and others, consumers of entertainment news—and especially news and images of Lopez 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.”
In addition to the $150,000, Splash News and Picture Agency are seeking an injunction against Lopez and her team to stop them from posting the photo in the future, the docs state.