Amy Schumer: sued for copyright infringement for posting pictures of herself on social media
sued for violating content policy infringement She allegedly posted these photographs on her Instagram account (which have since been removed) without seeking permission.
Recently, stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer was reportedly accused of copyright infringement by a New York-based photographer. According to E!, in court documents filed in New York on April 7, the ‘Train Wreck’ actress has been served for using photographs allegedly taken, owned and copyrighted by Felipe Ramales. Ramales claimed that Schumer allegedly posted these photographs on her Instagram account (which have since been removed) without seeking permission, license or consent to do so.
Ramales is seeking a trial by jury and monetary compensation of $150,000 among other relief. “As a direct and proximate cause of the infringement by the Defendants of Plaintiff’s copyright and exclusive rights under copyright, Plaintiff is entitled to damages and Defendants profits pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 504(b) for the infringement,” the document further specifies “Alternatively, Plaintiff is entitled to statutory damages up to $150,000 per work infringed for Defendants willful infringement of the Photographs, pursuant to 17 U.S.C.
Ramales’ attorney, Richard Leibowitz said, “This is a classic example of celebrities using their social media to generate revenue without paying the photographer any license to use their photo. Photographers need to stick up for their rights and make sure they get paid for their work.”