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Photographer Sues Emily Ratajkowski For Posting His Photograph On Instagram


Emily Ratajkowski

Mannequin and actor Emily Ratajkowski has been accused of posting a picture of herself on Instagram with out the photographer’s permission, in accordance with a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Ratajkowski, who operates the Instagram account @emrata, posted two photographs in 2019 of herself popping out of a constructing in New York Metropolis carrying a fuchsia pantsuit.

Photographer Edward Opinalodo says that his photographs have been used with out permission on the since-deleted put up, in accordance with the seven-page grievance.

The pictures in query have been picked up by the Mail On-line and different celeb web sites.

Emily Ratajkowski

“Every Infringement is an actual copy of the whole thing of Opinaldo’s authentic picture that was immediately copied and saved by Ratajkowski on the Instagram account,” the photographer says.

“The pictures have been willfully and volitionally posted to the account by Ratajkowski.”

Opinaldo says the mannequin has financially benefited from posting his photographs as a result of they elevated site visitors to her account, which in flip elevated her model recognition and promotion of her enterprise ventures, experiences Legislation 360.

The photographer additionally says that Ratajkowski’s use of the pictures, if widespread, would hurt his potential marketplace for the photographs, in court docket papers filed at Manhattan Federal Courtroom.

Opinaldo is in search of precise damages and disgorgement of any income Ratajkowski acquired because of the alleged infringement, in addition to an order barring the mannequin from infringing any of Opinaldo’s photographs, lawyer charges and litigation prices.

“You’d suppose that given the symbiotic (or is it parasitic?) relationship between celebrities and paparazzi, there could possibly be a truce within the troll wars,” copyright lawyer Aaron Moss writes on Twitter.

“Photographers (sic) get entry to celebs, in flip celebs would get to put up the photographs on their private social media. What am I lacking?”

Ratajkowski’s Authorized Woes With Paparazzi

This isn’t the primary time Rajakowski has been sued for posting a paparazzo’s picture of herself. Photographer Robert O’Neil sued the mannequin in October 2019, alleging she stole his picture of her strolling down a New York Metropolis road with a bouquet of flowers.

Ratajkowski contended that O’Neil introduced the swimsuit in opposition to her with the intention of “extorting a settlement” and argued O’Neil’s counsel on the time, Richard Liebowitz, was a identified “copyright troll” who had filed a blitz of mental property litigation in the course of the pandemic.

The events did ultimately attain a settlement.

A bunch of celebrities have been on the receiving finish of assorted photographers’ copyright lawsuits over using photos of themselves, together with an April 2017 grievance in opposition to actuality tv character Khloe Kardashian and an October 2019 swimsuit in opposition to singer Justin Bieber. Each of these fits have since been settled.


Picture credit: All photographs licensed through Depositphotos.



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