Khloe Kardashian is being sued by Xposure Photos, a UK-based photo agency, for posting a photograph of her on her Instagram feed. The agency is seeking $25,000 in damages, an injunction, and profits arising from the use of the photographs in a lawsuit filed in California.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the image, which shows Khloe Kardashian with her sister at a Miami restaurant, was taken by Manuel Munoz and then licensed to The Daily Mail.
The complaint states that Kardashian or a member of her team copied the photograph, altered it to remove the copyright management information, and posted it on Instagram on Sept. 14, 2016.
Xposure Photos said in a statement:
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.
In the world of social media the ownership of an image is a contentious thing, and does not always lie with the person whose likeness is used. The Hollywood Reporter cites a recent case that is strikingly similar to Kardashian’s dilemma. In March, Tom Holland, the English actor who plays the latest incarnation of Spider-Man, was sued by photographer Steven Ferdman for posting a picture of himself taken by Ferdman.