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Jonas Brothers Settle $150,000 Legal Battle Over Instagram Post

By Ryan Naumann

The Jonas Brothers have reached a settlement in the lawsuit accusing them of ripping off an artist.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas hashed out a deal with photographer Michele Eva Sandberg. Per their agreement, all claims against the band and their company Jonas Brothers Enterprises LLC have been dismissed.

The court documents state, “IT IS HEREBY NOTICED that this action has settled and should be voluntarily dismissed with prejudice which each side to bear their own costs and attorney’s fees.”

Back in October, Sandberg filed a federal lawsuit against Nick, Joe, and Kevin accusing them of ripping her off.

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Sandberg described herself as a” professional photographer in the business of licensing her photographs to online and print media for a fee.” The suit claimed the artist, “photographed the pop rock band The Jonas Brothers kicking off their Happiness Begins Tour at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.”

Sandberg accused the band of using her work and plastering it on their social media accounts. The suit added, “Defendants ran the Photograph on the Websites as marketing to promote their band. Defendants did not license the Photograph from Plaintiff for its Websites, nor did Defendants have Plaintiff’s permission or consent to publish the Photograph on its Websites. The Websites combined received 2,167,802 Likes.”


Sandberg sued Nick, Joe and Kevin for copyright infringement and believed they profited off her work. The suit said, “Plaintiff is entitled to statutory damages up to $150,000 per work infringed for Defendants willful infringement of the Photograph”

The lawsuit was the latest in a string of cases brought by paparazzi against celebrities. Liam Hemsworth was hit with a similar lawsuit over Instagram posts. One of his costars, Rebel Wilson, is facing a separate battle with the same claims. Those suits are still pending.

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