Last month, Kendall Jenner was sued for copyright infringement by a woman who claims Jenner posted her copyrighted video on Instagram without permission.
The video shows Jenner walking out of a New York City building – waving and smiling at the camera and a group of fans and paparazzi gathered nearby. According to the complaint, the video is the copyrighted property of plaintiff Angela Ma, and she claims that Jenner did not license the video or have her permission or consent to publish the video on Instagram.
The complaint, which alleges Jenner’s acts of infringement were “willful, intentional, and purposeful, in disregard of and indifference [sic] to Plaintiff’s rights” seeks unspecified damages and Jenner’s profits from the video, or alternatively, statutory damages of up to $150,000 per work infringed.
Takeaway: This suit is the latest in a stream of “celebrity infringer of the week” lawsuits, whereby various individuals are alleging celebrities are infringing their copyrighted work in photos or videos of themselves on their own social media handle. As we previously wrote about, Gigi Hadid was sued for copyright infringement for allegedly similar conduct.