Dua Lipa has been sued by the company Integral Images for sharing an airport photo of herself from 2019 on Instagram. The picture was clicked by the paparazzi.
In an unexpected turn of events, the British singer is facing legal actions and fans are trying to wrap their heads around exactly why.
US court documents obtained by the BBC reveal that the star was sued for sharing a picture of herself, which she did not own the rights for. The photo is from 2019 and sees standing in a queue at the airport.
The company that filed the lawsuit is now seeking $150,000 (£108,000) damages from the singer in addition to legal costs.
Dua Lipa’s Airport photo explored
BBC reveals that the now-deleted picture was posted on February 7, 2019, on the 25-year-old singer’s Instagram, approximately four days after it was taken.
The post sees her star standing in a queue as she is clutching her airline ticket and passport. She dons an oversized hat.
The singer accompanied it with a caption that read, “I’ll be living under big fluffy hats until further notice.”
However, the image is now owned by Integral Images. The company had applied for copyright years prior and that request was only granted on February 20, 2021.
They claim that the New Rules singer “knowingly” posted the photo to her social media without permission.
Court documents also revealed that they claimed that Dua’s account was “monetised in that it contains content that is designed to accumulate followers who are directed to consume and purchase [her] content”.
Dua and her team are yet to comment on the issue publically.
Fans react to singer getting sued by paparazzi
Many of the singer’s fans and other internet users too found the whole issue very absurd.
Some Twitter users questioned how can a celebrity whose picture was taken without their permission by the paparazzi in the first place, not use their own images.
Other celebs who’ve been similarly sued by paparazzi
The Levitating singer has not been the first one to assume that she could post a picture of her own although it was clicked by paparazzi.
In the past celebs like Gigi Hadid, Liam Hemsworth and even Khloe Kardashian have found themselves in these murky waters.
Khloe was among the first celebs to get sued for sharing a paparazzi image of herself. She got sued for infringement in 2017 after posting a photo of herself visiting a Miami restaurant on her Instagram handle.
The KUWTK star was sued by Xposure Photos, a UK based agency, who sought $175,000 in damages.
In 2019 alone both Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber had been dragged by photographer Robert Barbera for sharing images clicked by him.