Using a photographer’s photo without permission?
Thank u, next.
But a photo of yourself taken without your permission? Well…
Photographer Robert Barbera is reportedly suing Ariana Grande for posting photos of herself on Instagram. The claim is that doing so was a violation of copyright, and that she did not get permission from Barbera to post the photo.
The post in question garnered over three million likes and was shared to Grande’s 154 million Instagram followers.
Barbera is asking Grande for either $25,000 per photo, or a cut of her profit from the post itself.
Grande’s fans have taken to Twitter to express their distaste regarding the lawsuit.
Ariana Grande is currently being sued for breathing
— koubi🌙 (@thnkuariana) May 14, 2019
So #ArianaGrande is being sued for posting pics of herself on IG…What the hell is wrong with people!?
— John Mannon (@MannonJohn) May 15, 2019
Hold On dudes….@ArianaGrande WTF ??? Is true that the PAPARAZZI sued her ‘cause she used two of HER photos that he took WITHOUT HER PERMISSION? 🤷🏼♂️🤷🏼♂️🤷🏼♂️🤷🏼♂️🤷🏼♂️#wtf #arianagrande #celebritynews
— imgazzz (@imgazzz) May 15, 2019
Sorry… are you saying a celebrity doesn't own the right to their own body and face?
I find that very objectionable. If you photograph someone without their consent, they own the photo.
If you want to be paid for the photo, get a contract.https://t.co/4UmQ8EI2WI
— Liana Brooks (@LianaBrooks) May 14, 2019
did that photographer pay to take pics of ari?! i think not #thankunext
— morven 🖤 (@morvenxs) May 15, 2019
However, others have come to the photographer’s defense.
They state that just because she is the subject of the photo, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t need Barbera’s permission to post it.
Mashable: “Ariana Grande sued for posting photos of herself”
No, she’s not you ClickBaity pieces of shit. She’s being sued for posting photos *SHE DIDN’T TAKE* or have permission from the photographer to post. Moot point what the content of the photos is.
— Shawn King (@ShawnKing) May 15, 2019
Nah she was sued over copyright infringement, but ok https://t.co/WELPjijD7H
— Chelsea Stahl (@chelseastahl) May 14, 2019
The lawsuit is part of a growing trend by paparazzi to sue celebrities who share their photos to social media.https://t.co/CG3KWSoQoG
— JusTrends (@JusttTrends) May 15, 2019
Photo drama is a common theme for Grande, being as she is notoriously picky about how and when she wants photos taken of herself at concerts.
She typically requests to only be photographed on one side. She also requires that her team approve every photo that is snapped.
As for being the subject of a photograph, questions arise over when a waiver is and isn’t required from a photo subject whose likeness will be used for profit.
— Kelsi Osterman (@kelsi_osterman) May 16, 2019
Regardless, the issue is bound to cause controversy.
Best case scenario? The lawsuit gets dropped.
Worst case? Ariana gets an expensive lesson about copyright law and rights to privacy.