XPosure Photos are suing Khloe Kardashian for $150,000… as the reality TV star shared an unlicensed photo of herself on her Instagram page.
Khloe shared the image, taken by an XPosure photographer, on her Instagram, without permission and without crediting them as the rightful owners of the picture. The thing that makes this one hundred times worse is the fact that Khloe – or someone on her team – actually removed the copyright symbol from the image, which is a huge no no!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Xposure Photos wants “an injunction, profits arising from the act of alleged infringement, statutory damages up to $25,000” and more.
“Plaintiff never licensed the Photograph to defendants,” the complaint states, referencing several members of Khloe’s social media team, as well as Khloe herself, as the defendants.
“Nevertheless, defendants have used, and continue to use, the Photograph without authorisation or permission from plaintiff to do so. Specifically, Kardashian copied the Photograph and distributed it on Instagram on September 14, 2016.
“The copy of the Photograph that Kardashian distributed on Instagram had been altered to remove the CMI [copyright management information] showing plaintiff as the copyright owner of the image.”
Wait – there’s more!
“Kardashian uses her Instagram feed for the purposes of promotion — specifically, to promote her own business interests, products, and ventures; to promote and sell the products and services of others …
“Kardashian’s Instagram post made the photograph immediately available to her nearly 67 million followers and others, consumers of entertainment news — and especially news and images of Kardashian herself, as evidenced by their status as followers of Kardashian — who would otherwise be interested in viewing licensed versions of the photograph in the magazines and newspapers that are plaintiff’s customers.”
No one from Khloe’s kamp, (sorry, camp) or Xposure Photos has commented further, but we’ll keep you updated.