A Novel Theory Of Implied Copyright License In Paparazzi Pics

Law360 (August 6, 2019, 11:43 AM EDT) -- Supermodel and social media influencer Gigi Hadid recently won a motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that she infringed a paparazzo’s copyright in a photo of her by posting it to Instagram without his permission.[1] The judge dismissed the case not on the merits of the infringement claim but because the plaintiff, copyright holder Xclusive-Lee Inc., failed to register the copyright before filing.

This was not the first time Hadid has been sued for Instagramming an unlicensed photo of herself. In 2017, she reached an out-of-court settlement with photographer Peter Cepeda.[2] Hadid’s fellow influencer Khloe Kardashian has also been sued for...

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