Jenny From The Block is being sued, over the use of an Instagram picture.
According to reports, New York photographer Steve Sands is accusing JLO and her production company Nuyorican Productions for copyright infringement and seeks an excess of $150,000 in damages.
“Defendants did not license the Photograph from Plaintiff for its Website, nor did Defendants have Plaintiff’s permission or consent to publish the Photograph on its Website,” via the lawsuit obtained by E! News. The photographer is “entitled to statutory damages up to $150,000 per work infringed.”
According to Sands, Lopez used the photo to “promote their brand,” to her 119 million followers without compenstating or crediting Sands. The picture receieved 656,000 likes, and was posted back in June of 2017.
Sands’ lawyer, Richard Liebowitz, released a statement on the lawsuit stating, “This is an example of celebrities using photographers photographs without permission to brand themselves on social media. The number of likes the photograph receives coupled with their number of social media followers is a tool to commercialize their posts.”