Whereas Ariana Grande stands out as the greatest pop star in the intervening time, she might also be the unluckiest. A human embodiment of Newton’s third legislation, it looks like each innocent factor the thank u, subsequent singer makes an attempt spurs some adverse and, if we’re being trustworthy, hilarious cosmic response. She will get a Japanese-themed tattoo selling a brand new single; it reads “charcoal grill.” She headlines Coachella; somebody chucks a lemon at her head. The checklist goes on.
Now comes phrase that the “7 rings” vocalist is getting sued… for posting an image of herself.
Earlier within the week, paparazzi photographer Robert Barbera filed a lawsuit towards Grande, alleging that the starlet violated copyright legislation by posting two photos of herself on social media. The pictures in query — which Barbera snapped from afar, presumably with out her consent — showsthe singer strolling out of a constructing with a bag sporting the identify of her Sweetener LP. She posted the 2 photos on Instagram and Twitter final August to coincide with the discharge of the 2018 album.
Now, Barbera is suing her for damages amounting to the bigger sum between $25,000 per image or all of the earnings Grande earned from the pictures, which means he’s most likely angling for a wholesome slice of Sweetener’s first-day gross sales. The lawsuit reads, “[Grande] infringed [Barbera’s] copyright within the Images by reproducing and publicly displaying the Images on the Instagram Web page… [Grande] will not be, and has by no means been, licensed or in any other case licensed to breed, publically show, distribute and/or use the Images.”
So, whereas Grande didn’t get permissions to make use of the pictures, the entire thing begs questions concerning the equity of somebody getting sued for posting photos of actually themselves.