Gigi Hadid was slapped with a lawsuit by a New York photo agency after alleged uncredited use of an image on her Instagram account. “Most if not all of these photographs were posted by Hadid without license or permission from the copyright holder”, the agency said. Supermodel Jelena Noura “Gigi” Hadid is being sued by a photo agency from New York for violating copyright law. According to Xclusive-Lee, Hadid illegally used a photo of herself which belonged exclusively to them on one of her Instagram posts. The image featured the model staring directly at the camera with a denim outfit and silver-styled heels. It was eventually removed following the lawsuit. Based on the complaint, “Hadid had first-hand knowledge that copying and posting photographs, of herself or other subject matters, to her Instagram or other social media accounts that she did not properly license or otherwise receive permission from the copyright holder constituted copyright infringement.”
Xclusive-Lee further revealed that during their submission of the lawsuite, no less than 50 instances of uncredited image use were discovered on Hadid’s Instagram account which covered numerous different media events and runaway photographs. “Most if not all of these photographs were posted by Hadid without license or permission from the copyright holder,” the agency said. More and more famous people are being charged for the unauthorized use of copyrighted images of themselves (typically captured by paparazzi) and the legal claim against Hadid is the most recent incident of this growing trend. Last year on December, BuzzFeed News stated that photo agencies have gotten increasingly hard-lined with celebrities who utilize their photos without proper license or permission, even if they were merely intended for social media purposes.
Aside from Hadid, the list of prominent names who suffered the same harsh treatment from photo agencies include Kim Kardashian West, Jennifer Lopez, 50 Cent, and Jessica Simpson. Because of this new trend, several celebrities took fines worth thousands of dollars while some settled their disagreements before reaching court trial “The photographer owns the copyright to the photograph; it doesn’t matter who is in it,” entertainment lawyer Bryan Sullivan told BuzzFeed News. “The subject of the photo doesn’t have any rights to the picture as long as it was taken in a public place.”