Jennifer Lopez sued for $150,000 for posting paparazzi photo of Alex Rodriguez on Instagram


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Celebrities have turned their Instagram accounts into money-making machines, but the social media platform might also be an added expense for them. Jennifer Lopez is facing a lawsuit for copyright infringement and the company suing her, Splash News and Picture Agency, is seeking $150,000. 

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The company, which stated in legal documents that it is the owner and copyright holder of the image, is suing the Second Act star over a photo she shared of herself and Alex Rodriguez to her Instagram Story nearly two years ago.

The pic of the stroll through NYC with her fiance might cost her a pretty penny.

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The documents, which were obtained by E! News, were filed by Splash News and Picture Agency. The photo that caused the lawsuit was a shot of J.Lo walking in New York City while holding hands with her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez.   

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J.Lo is being sued for a large sum over the use of a paparazzi shot.

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J.Lo is facing a lawsuit over a photo she, or someone from her team, shared to her Instagram story. "Plaintiff never licensed the Photograph to defendant. Nevertheless, Lopez used it without authorization or permission from plaintiff to do so," the documents claim. "Specifically, Lopez or someone acting on her behalf copied the Photograph and distributed it on Instagram, via the @jlo account, on a story posted November 7, 2017."

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The company claims Jen's use of the image took away from the photographer's creative work.

The company claims Jen's use of the image took away from the photographer's creative work.

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"The Photograph is creative, distinctive, and valuable. Because of the subject's celebrity status, and the Photograph's quality and visual appeal, plaintiff (and the photographer it represents) stood to gain revenue from licensing the Photograph," the document states. "But defendant's unauthorized use harms the existing and future market for the original Photograph," the document claims. "The Instagram post made the Photograph immediately available to Lopez's tens of millions followers and others, consumers of entertainment news--and especially news and images of Lopez herself, as evidenced by their status as followers of her--who would otherwise be interested in viewing licensed versions of the Photograph in the magazines and newspapers that are plaintiff's customers."

The pair are no strangers to getting photographed in public.

The pair are no strangers to getting photographed in public.

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The Hustlers actress was reportedly notified about the infringement "by a letter" that was sent on December 12, 2017. The company is seeking $150,000 and an order that stops the actress or her team from posting the image. The couple take strolls together in New York City and are often looking their best when spotted by photographers. While photos of celebrities tend to make their rounds online, this isn't the first time a star gets hit with a lawsuit from a photographer over the use of their images on their social media accounts.

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