Dua Lipa is facing a lawsuit after allegedly sharing a paparazzi-snapped photo of herself to her Instagram.
Per Billboard, Integral Images filed an eight-page lawsuit against the pop star on Tuesday (July 6), claiming copyright infringement because she did so “without permission or authorization.” The company writes that the “Levitating” singer shared one of their photos, in which the singer is leaving an airport wearing a large hat, without permission and that it will seek $150,000 in damages.
The image in question was shared on Lipa’s Instagram account in February 2019. It is no longer on her Instagram page. Integral Images has argued that the singer uses her platform on the social media page as a marketing tool.
“The account is monetized in that it contains content designed to accumulate followers who are directed to, via link and/or advertisement, consume and purchase Defendant’s content, Defendant profits from these activities,” part of the filing reads.
The damages it seeks are to cover litigation costs and attorney fees as well as an order preventing the singer from committing future acts of copyright infringement as they allege.