Gigi Hadid Hit With Lawsuit Over Paparazzi Picture
More and more celebrities are being hit with lawsuits for posting pictures of themselves on Instagram!
Gigi Hadid is now facing a federal lawsuit that is demanding damages for her reposting a photo of herself on her social media. The suit comes months after the model took to Instagram to speak out against the paparazzi.
According to The Blast, a company named Xclusive-Lee Inc. claims that they own the rights to a photo of Gigi that was taken in October 2018. They also claim that the model posted the photo on her Instagram without asking for their permission or paying for it.
The lawsuit claims that Hadid should have known as she has been in a similar issue before and her 43 million followers severely impacted the photos value, “Prior to October 12, 2018, 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.”
After the photo initially came to light, Gigi took to Instagram to voice her frustrations,
“I (& countless others) have stayed inside because I just don’t want my photo taken or to have that attention/suffocation while just trying to live as normally as possible, and for someone to take a situation where I was trying to be open, and sue me for a photo I FOUND ON TWITTER (with no photographer’s name on the image), for a photo he has already been paid for my whatever outlet put it online (!!!), is absurd.”
“To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job. But there is a line,” she added. “We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences.”
Xclusive-Lee Inc. is suing for damages and to stop Hadid from further using the photo.