As unbelievable as it may sound, but yes, Khloe Kardashian was actually sued for posting a picture of herself on her very own Instagram account.
Copyright infringement on your own pictures, imagine!
On Tuesday, a lawsuit was filed in California showing that the reality star is being sued by a British photo agency called Xposure Photos claiming copyright infringement, after she posted a paparazzi picture of herself on her Instagram account, on Sept. 14, without permission as well as removing the credit.
The photo was shot by Manual Munoz. It was taken outside a Miami restaurant as Khloe and Kourtney, her sister, were going in for dinner. This photo was licensed to the Daily Mail a day before Khloe posted it to her account, as part of a series of photos.
Eyes on the profit:
In the claim, it was written: “Defendants’ unauthorized use harms the existing and future market for the original Photograph. Kardashian’s Instagram post made the Photograph immediately available to her nearly 67 million followers and others, consumers of entertainment news–and especially news and images of Kardashian herself, as evidenced by their status as followers of Kardashian–who would otherwise be interested in viewing licensed versions of the Photograph in the magazines and newspapers that are plaintiff’s customers.”
In the lawsuit, Xposure is requesting damages to the amount of $25,000 and also “all profits derived from the unauthorized use of plaintiff’s Photograph.” The lawsuit claims that due to Khloe’s celebrity status, she will be able to definitely profit from posting that picture on her personal account.
The suit continues saying: “Defendants’ unauthorized use is commercial in nature. Kardashian uses her Instagram feed for the purposes of promotion … every one of Kardashian’s Instagram posts is fundamentally promoting something to her 67 million followers.”