Dua lipa is the latest celebrity to be sued after she posted a photo of herself from a paparazzi on Instagram.
According Billboard the eight-page copyright infringement lawsuit was filed by Craig Sander. It alleges that Lipa posted the image owned by Integral Images without permission or authorization.
Integral Images seeks $150,000 USD in damages, or “an award for actual damages and disgorgement all of Defendant’s profits attributable the infringements.” The higher amount is preferred. The company also requests an order to stop the artist “from further acts of infringement, as well as litigation fees and attorney’s fee.”
The image, now deleted, was taken by paparazzi. It was posted to the Instagram account of the British artist in February 2019. The image shows Lipa in an airport line wearing an oversized hat. Her Instagram caption said, “I’ll live under big fluffy hats till further notice.”
Not just Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa isn’t the only celebrity who has been criticized for posting paparazzi photos. Similar legal issues have been faced by big names like Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Jennifer Lopez.
Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber settled copyright litigations with Robert Barbera in 2019. Other photo agencies have filed complaints against Jennifer Lopez, Gigi Hadi and 50 Cent.
Who is Dua Lipa?
Dua Lipa, a global pop star, released Future Nostalgia this year, her #2 UK album. It received worldwide acclaim. It’s one of the most highly reviewed albums of 2020. It debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Future Nostalgia, which was released on Spotify in May 2019, was the most streamed album by a British female artist worldwide in Spotify history. It has more than 4.5 billion streams. Dua is currently the most popular female artist on Spotify. The third largest overall artist with over 60 million monthly listeners. The album’s platinum-certified lead single, “Don’t Start Now”, has been streamed over one billion times on Spotify and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. This is a record for Dua, a pop star who holds a career high. It also set a personal record for weeks at #1 on US Top 40 radio.
Dua followed up the success of “Don’t Start Now”, releasing her smash UK hit single “Physical”. Future Nostalgia was also shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize in the UK. Future Nostalgia follows Dua’s 2017 debut, which was certified platinum and produced 6 platinum tracks.
In 2018, she made BRIT Award history by becoming the first female artist in BRIT Award history. She won two British Female Solo Artist wins and British Breakthrough Act wins. She also received two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist in early 2019 and Best Dance Recording in 2019.