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Jennifer Lopez Sued For $150,000 Over Instagram Post

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By Ryan Naumann

Jennifer Lopez is being accused of profiting off another artist's work without cutting him in on the action.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a photographer named Steve Sands is suing Jennifer Lopez and her production company Nuyorican Productions. The federal lawsuit accuses Lopez of copyright infringement and seeks in excess of $150,000 in damages.

Sands says he is a professional photographer who captured Lopez while out in public. He accuses her of using the photo to promote her brand on Instagram without permission or paying him a dime.

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The suit points out Lopez’s posted it on her Instagram account which has over 118 million followers. The photo was liked by 656,631 fans. Sands says, “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.”

Sands is seeking $150,000 per infringement by Lopez, an injunction prohibiting her from using his work without permission in the future and all profits she made off using the photo.

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Back in January, Lopez settled a similar $150,000 lawsuit filed by a photo agency, Splash News. The agency accused her of using a photo they took of Lopez walking with A-Rod and posting it to her Instagram account.

Splash took issue without being paid by Lopez and filed the massive lawsuit against her. The parties reached confidential settlement right before the singer hit the Super Bowl halftime stage.

As The Blast previously reported, the mogul is currently dealing with a $40 million lawsuit over her hit “Hustlers.”

Lopez recently asked the court to dismiss the case brought by the ex-stripper and alleged inspiration for the film, Samantha Barbash

In her lawsuit, Barbash claims she was the inspiration for Lopez’s character Ramona in “Hustlers.” She claimed producers tried to get her to sign a release but she refused. Barbash says they profited off her likeness and defamed her by making it look like she made drugs around her kids.

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