Pop Sugar

Issue: According to our complaint, embedded below, this industry-leading blog re-posted photographs without permission on their website and interfered with our client’s business.

These photographs contained the likeness of a well-known Instagram influencer and model. The blog took it upon themselves to not only use the photographs without the photographer’s permission, but also benefited from our client’s publicity rights without permission.

Additionally, as our complaint below notes, the blog also removed the influencer’s affiliate links, which is her source of revenue, and attached their own unique URL links to acquire funds.

Subject matter: Publicity rights – the right of an individual to control the commercial use of his or her name, image, likeness, or other unequivocal aspects of one’s identity.

Claim: Unauthorized use of likeness

Court of jurisdiction: United States District Court – Western District of Virginia – Charlottesville Division

Resolution: Successful settlement for undisclosed amount in favor of client.

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