Kendall Jenner has been slapped with a federal lawsuit accusing her of ripping off an artist’s work.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a photographer named Angela Ma is suing Kendall Jenner and her company Kendall Jenner Inc. for copyright infringement.
The New-York based artist says she took a video of the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star while walking around the Big Apple.
She obtained a copyright for her video with the U.S. Copyright Office. However, she claims Jenner took the video she shot and plastered it all over her Instagram.
Ma accuses the reality star of using it on her Instagram where 13 million people watched it. The problem being, “Defendants did not license the Video from Plaintiff for the Website or any other use. Defendants did not have Plaintiff’s permission or consent to publish the Video on the Website.”
The suit rips Jenner’s use of the video stating, “Defendants infringed Plaintiff’s copyright in the Video by reproducing and publicly displaying the Video on the Website. Defendants were not, and have never been, licensed or otherwise authorized to reproduce, publicly display, distribute and/or use the Video.”
Ma believes Jenner screwed with her business by posting it on her social media. She argues the value of the footage decreased the moment she posted for free to her millions of followers.
The lawsuit is seeking in excess of $150,000 per infringement allegedly committed by Jenner. Ma is asking the court to award her damages, order Jenner to remove the video from her Instagram and for the model to account for all profits she made by using the video illegally.
As The Blast first reported, Jenner isn’t the only celebrity dealing with a lawsuit over an Instagram post. Earlier this month, actress Rebel Wilson settled a $150,000 case over a photo she posted.
Liam Hemsworth faced a similar case over his Instagram and decided to hash out a settlement to avoid trial.