The most followed women on Instagram, Ariana Grande has been reportedly sued by a photographer as she uploaded two snaps without the photographer’s permission which comes under copyright infringement act.
Robert Barbera, a New-York based photographer, photographed Ariana last year as she exited a building carrying a bag that read ‘Sweetener’. The photographer on Monday sued Grande for posting two of his copyrighted snaps on Aug. 17, the day Grande released her album Sweetener.
This is the photograph which has been reportedly sued by the photographer.
The photographer claims Grande had not asked for his permission or paid to use two of his snaps of her. Now the photographer has been demanding the capital and the profits Grande earned from the photos or $25,000 for each pic.
“[Grande] infringed [Barbera’s] copyright in the Photographs by reproducing and publicly displaying the Photographs on the Instagram Page,” he wrote in his lawsuit. “[Grande] is not, and has never been, licensed or otherwise authorized to reproduce, publically display, distribute and/or use the Photographs.”
The post was reportedly deleted, but the lawsuit says the post was liked 3,392,035 times. Though any response from the American-pop singer has not yet been recorded anywhere, it is assumed that she will open about the allegations soon.
Read the lawsuit here: