Actress Rebel Wilson has been hit with a federal lawsuit accusing her of copyright infringement.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Xposure Photo Agency is suing Rebel over several photos they claim she posted on Instagram.
The agency says they own the copyright to a series of photos showing Rebel while filming the movie “The Hustle” with Anne Hathaway. The photos were taken during an outdoor scene. She was seen holding prop money on-set next to Anne and high-fiving her costar in another.
Xposure says they sold the photos to Daily Mail who published them in April 2018. The agency says Rebel ripped off the photos and posted them on her Instagram account.
The lawsuit points out Rebel has “has a large number of Instagram followers—over 6.7 million— and her Instagram feed is open and viewable to the public.”
They fired off a cease and desist to Rebel demanding he remove the photos in September 2018.
The suit states “Defendant’s theft of plaintiff’s work illustrates the process whereby commercial piracy of content not only deprives the owner of license fees but also destroys the syndication value of the work. Legitimate publications to which Xposure looks to pay syndication fees are unwilling to pay for work that is already widely disseminated on the internet for free by pirates.”
Xposure is suing for $150,000 per infringement plus an injunction against the actress from ever posting their work.
The lawsuit comes as Rebel’s “Isn’t It Romantic” co-star Liam Hemsworth was hit with a similar lawsuit. The actor was sued by Splash News and Picture Agency over photos of him filming the movie with Rebel.
Splash is suing Hemsworth for the alleged theft of their work and demanding $150,000 per infringement.
Model Bella Hadid was recently sued for similar claims by Xposure, who accuse her of copyright infringement over Instagram posts. They accuse her of multiple incidents of stealing their work.