According to court filings submitted to the U.S. District Court in California, Dua Lipa is being sued for publishing paparazzi images of herself to Instagram for the second time in a year. This time, a New York-based photographer by the name of Robert Barbera is alleging that the singer violated his copyright by sharing images of her that he took in July 2018 to the website.
The complaint, which was drafted by attorney Craig Sanders, states that “Defendant willfully selected, duplicated, stored and exhibited each of Plaintiff’s copyright protected Photographs.” The images in question, which were also shot in July 2018, are included in the lawsuit as an exhibit and show Lipa donning a black sweater with the word “HEROES” written in big, bold letters on it.
It is accused that Dua Lipa posted copyrighted images on her Instagram
Like in the earlier lawsuit, which was brought by a business called Integral Images, Barbera contends that Lipa benefited financially from posting his copyrighted images there and damaged the “potential market” for them by doing so because she uses Instagram to promote her music, brand, and business interests.
According to information and belief, the Infringements increased traffic to the Account, which led Defendant to realise an increase in the revenue from sales of Defendant’s musical works and from promotional events.
Dua Lipa deleted the pictures from her Instagram Account after contact
In addition, Barbera claims that after seeing the images on Lipa’s Instagram account in June 2019, he tried to settle the dispute amicably, but that “contact slowed and then halted” once she received a draught of the complaint. The pictures were then deleted from her account.
In addition to actual damages, Barbera is asking for the return of all earnings linked to the infringement, an order prohibiting Lipa from plagiarising any of his other works, court fees, and pre-judgment interest.
Inquiries for comments from Billboard were not promptly answered by Lipa’s or Barbera’s representatives.
Barbera has a history of suing famous people who shared his images on their social media profiles. He filed a lawsuit against Ariana Grande in May 2019 for publishing images of her on Instagram. He then filed a second, related complaint against the singer in January 2020; both were later rejected. He filed a lawsuit against Justin Bieber in October 2019 for the same reason, but it was promptly resolved outside of court.