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Jennifer Hudson Sued For $150,000 Over Instagram Post

By Ryan Naumann

Jennifer Hudson has been slapped with legal papers accusing her of ripping off a paparazzi’s work.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a photographer named Fernando Ramales is suing Hudson and her company, JHud Productions.

The lawsuit was filed in New York federal court and accuses the defendants of copyright infringement. The suit explains, “This action arises out of Defendant’s unauthorized reproduction and public display of a copyrighted photograph of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, owned and registered by Ramales, a New York based professional photographer.”

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Ramales took a photograph of Hudson walking around in New York. The image was purchased by the Daily Mail who ran it in a December 2019 story. Further, “Ramales is the author of the Photograph and has at all times been the sole owner of all right, title and interest in and to the Photograph, including the copyright thereto.”

The photographer accuses Hudson of taking the image and plastering it on her Instagram to promote her brand. He says Hudson’s post was seen by her 3 million followers and the post received 31,692 likes.

He takes issue with Hudson using his work without permission or paying him a dime. The suit reads, “Defendants did not license the Photograph from Plaintiff for its Website, nor did Defendants have Plaintiff’s permission or consent to publish the Photograph on its Website.”

Ramales is seeking, “statutory damages up to $150,000 per work infringed for Defendants willful infringement of the Photograph.” To make matters worse, he accuses Hudson of altering his watermark on the photo. He states, “Defendants intentionally, knowingly and with the intent to induce, enable, facilitate, or conceal their infringement of Plaintiff’s copyright in the Photograph. Defendants also knew, or should have known, that such falsification, alteration and/or removal of said copyright management information would induce, enable, facilitate, or conceal their infringement of Plaintiff’s copyright in the Photograph.

He is asking the court for damages in excess of $150,000 plus an injunction against Hudson.

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