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This Copyright Infringement Case Could Change The Way Celebrities and Influencers Use Instagram

As social media expands, it becomes easier to potentially violate copyright laws. The average person doesn’t think of copyright when posting a picture — since most of us are taking selfies or handing the camera off to friends — but it gets more complicated when celebrities are involved. A copyright infringement lawsuit filed in January of this year could change how celebrities and influencers use platforms like Instagram. The lawsuit comes from Xclusive-Lee, an agency who says that model, Gigi Hadid, posted one of its photos to her Instagram account. The agency claims doing so violates the company’s copyright. However, Hadid’s team filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit earlier this month. Her team claims that the model’s post fell under “ fair use ,” which provides specific circumstances where people can use copyrighted work without permission. Common circumstances include criticism, news reporting, and teaching. Most notably, Hadid’s team claims that she contributed to the creative...

Vanessa Taylor

Jun 25, 2019