Singer Katy Perry has been hit with a massive federal lawsuit over one of her social media posts.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, photo agency, BackGrid, is suing Perry (real name Katheryn Hudson) for copyright infringement.
BackGrid explains they are one of Hollywood’s largest celebrity-photograph agencies. The agency snapped a photo of Perry dressed as Hillary Clinton for a Halloween Party in 2016.
Perry took the photo and posted it on her Instagram account on October 29, 2016. The post is still up to this day.
She captioned the photo, “❤️BILL & HILL 4EVA❤️”
In their lawsuit, BackGrid states, “Defendant Perry, or someone acting on her behalf, violated federal law by willfully infringing BackGrid’s copyright in the photograph by copying the photograph and distributing it on Instagram via the @katyperry account on October 29, 2016”
BackGrid corresponded with Perry, through her representatives several times since July 2017, to try and settle the dispute.
“Nevertheless, Defendants failed to license the BackGrid Photograph even after they had express notice that BackGrid was the owner. Defendants used, and continue to use, the Photograph without authorization or permission from BackGrid to do so even after being aware of the infringement.”
Further, “The Instagram post made the Photograph immediately available to Perry’s 80 million followers and others, consumers of entertainment news—and especially news and images of Perry herself, as evidenced by their status as followers of her—who would otherwise be interested in viewing licensed versions of the Photograph in the magazines and newspapers that are BackGrid’s customers.”
BackGrid is suing for $150,000 per infringement, an injunction against Perry from using their work and extra damages.