Jennifer Lopez has joined the ranks of an elite few who have been sued for posting pictures of themselves on social media. Photographer Michael Stewart is suing the pop singer/actress for posting one of his pictures on her Instagram account without his permission and is asking her for $150,000 in damages. Lopez has yet to respond to the lawsuit and the picture was actually posted in one of her stories on the social media platform, so you can't even view it now.
Michael Stewart alleges that Jennifer Lopez used his picture without his consent and in addition to the $150,000, the photographer is also asking for any profits that she would have made off of the image of herself. The picture of Lopez was taken back in June of this year and the photographer licensed it to a website who were running a story on her. The actress captioned the photo saying, "Today was a good day!" However, it doesn't look like the day ended up all that great.
Odell Beckham Jr., Jessica Simpson, Khloe Kardashian, and Blac Chyna have all been sued for posting pictures of themselves on social media that were technically owned by photographers. In 2013, photographer David Morel successfully sued Getty Images for $1.2 million after they posted some of his pictures on Twitter without his permission. That same year, Buzzfeed was sued for $3.6 million for using an image from Flickr without permission and Perez Hilton's blog was slapped with a lawsuit for posting pictures without permission too.
Technically, Michael Stewart owns the picture of Jennifer Lopez and he can sue her. However, it gets more complicated since the image is not still on her account. The Instagram story, much like Snapchat's features, only leaves the image or video on the user's account for 24 hours unless it's changed to be one of the featured stories at the top of the user profile. That being said, there's a good chance that Stewart could win his lawsuit against Jennifer Lopez, which should be pretty eye-opening for just about anybody who is in the entertainment industry or working for websites and blogs.
Technology moves at a rapid pace and copyright law is still trying to catch up, which puts Jennifer Lopez in the position that she is in now. The judge could rule in her favor since the image is of herself and for the fact that it was only on her account for 24 hours. We'll just have to wait and see where the judge decides to take the case, if he/she does at all. One would have to imagine stars like Lopez, Blac Chyna, Jessica Simpson, and Khloe Kardashian have to get a pretty good laugh about being sued for posting a picture of themselves on social media. The Jennifer Lopez photographer case was first published by TMZ.