Katy Perry has been struck with a US$150,000 copyright infringement suit for sharing a photo of herself in costume as U.S. political leader Hillary Clinton online.
Bosses at image firm Backgrid took legal action against the Roar vocalist on Tuesday over a three-year-old Instagram post she released in 2016 revealing her in outfit as the previous U.S. secretary of state.
Backgrid lawyers assert she shared the photo with her 86 million followers without certifying the image initially, triggering “substantial financial damage” to the company.
” The Picture is imaginative, unique, and important,” the legal filing reads. “Since of the subject’s star status, and the Picture’s quality and visual appeal, BackGrid (and the photographer it represents) stood to get extra profits from certifying the Photograph.”
The claim was filed after numerous stopped working efforts to get in touch with Perry’s agents to secure the licensing cost between July 2017 and October 2019, according to Backgrid reps.
” Backgrid is an entertainment news firm that works carefully with celebrities. As such, it is never Backgrid’s objective to litigate against stars,” business lawyer Joanna Ardalan of One LLP told Billboard in a statement. “Unfortunately, when it comes to Ms. Perry, Backgrid connected to her agents in good faith and on a number of celebrations to resolve this copyright violation matter. In spite of Backgrid’s efforts, the image at concern in the lawsuits has not been taken down. It remains live to this extremely day.”
Perry has yet to react to the copyright infringement case.