According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Splash News and Picture Agency are suing the actor for copyright infringement.
The agency says photographer Janet Mayer took a “series of photos depicting defendant Hemsworth performing an outdoor scene on location for production of the film Isn’t It Romantic.”
They accuse the actor of taking their photo and posting it to his Instagram account on July 15, 2018. They say Hemsworth never obtained a license or paid them a dime. Splash points out Hemsworth has over 13.5 million followers. They add, “When posting a copy of the Photograph on Instagram on July 15, 2018, Hemsworth or someone acting on his behalf “tagged” the Instagram account of the film Isn’t It Romantic, @isntitromanticmovie.”
Further, “Hemsworth or someone acting on his behalf again posted the Photograph to Hemsworth’s Instagram Story twice on June 20, 2019. That same day, there was a swipe-up feature on his Instagram story to encourage people to vote for the movie Isn’t It Romantic for the Teen Choice Movie Awards.”