Singer Dua Lipa sued for second time for sharing paparazzi photo
Singer Dua Lipa faces a lawsuit after posting an image of herself on Instagram without the photographer’s permission, according to a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Lipa, who runs the @dualipa Instagram account, posted an image by New York photographer Robert Barbera he took of her in July 2018, reports Billboard.
“Without Plaintiff’s permission or authorization, Defendant willfully selected, copied, stored and displayed each of Plaintiff’s copyrighted photographs,” reads the complaint, written by attorney Craig Sanders. .
The photo in question shows British singer Lipa wearing a black jumper with the word “HEROES” in large capitals while out in New York. It has since been deleted from the singer’s Instagram.
“Without Plaintiff’s permission or authorization, Defendant willfully selected, copied, stored, and displayed each of Plaintiff’s copyrighted photographs,” reads the lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court in California. .
Barbera is seeking damages and penalties for profits Lipa allegedly made on her Instagram account where she advertises her music, brand and business interests.
Barbera also claims her attempts to settle the case with Lipa outside of court were rebuffed after the singer reported “slowing down and eventually stopping” communication with the photographer.
The second time Dua Lipa was charged
In July 2021, Lipa was sued by Integral Images for copyright infringement after posting paparazzi photos of herself on social media. However, the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice in October.
Photographer Barbera has previously filed similar lawsuits against pop stars, including Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. The paparazzi tried to sue Grande twice after she allegedly shared her photos on her Instagram account. Both Grande cases were dismissed, but Bieber reportedly settled with the contentious photographer.
Last week PetaPixel reported that model and actress Emily Ratajkowski was sued by photographer Edward Opinalodo for the same offense of posting an image of herself on Instagram.
Lipa is currently touring the world following the release of his nostalgia for the future album and riding on the success of his new single “Potion” which features both Calvin Harris and Young Thug.
Picture credits: Header photo by Harald Krichel, Creative Commons.