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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Photographer Sues Social Networks for Copyrighted Infringement

Photographer Sues Social Networks for Copyrighted Infringement

Photographer Sues Social Networks for Copyrighted Infringement

Added: Friday, April 1st, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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Instagram is the latest victim of photographer Jennifer Rondinelli Reilly who targets one social network after another, claiming that they all failed to remove infringing copies of her work. The photographer filed a complaint at a federal court, asking for a permanent injunction against Instagram and compensation for the damage she suffered.


As the most popular image sharing service, Instagram is often asked to remove copyrighted works being shared on its servers without the owners’ permission. The service must swiftly take the infringing image down if a copyright owner submits a takedown request. Apparently, Instagram’s takedown procedure is not always as effective as it should be.

Jennifer Rondinelli Reilly recently sued the service, accusing it of hosting or linking to her image without her permission. The image shows red lips and a microphone, and was registered at the US Copyright Office three years ago. When the photographer discovered the illegal use of her work, she sent dozens of DMCA takedown requests to Instagram administrators, but the service reportedly failed to take action in response.

Reilly pointed out she never authorized the infringing uses, adding that the images are still present on Instagram. The service has not removed or disabled access to the infringing uses. Later, several of the reported images have been removed, but most of them remained present on Instagram. As a result, the photographer requested a permanent injunction against Instagram and statutory damages for the losses incurred.

Instagram was not the first social network targeted by Reilly: a few months ago she sued Twitter over the similar issue (that case was dismissed, but it remains unclear whether he parties reached a settlement), and then Buzzfeed for copyright infringement (this one is still ongoing).

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Friday, April 1st, 2016

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2016-04-01 23:48:31)
Chlodio avatarinb4 she gets sued by the rolling stones for intellectual property infringement (something about they came up with the idea of red lips on a black backdrop first)

posted by (2016-04-02 02:10:54)
Sabihondo avatarIt's more than just the lips though. And it's her original work. She has to protect it or the copyright would be invalidated.

posted by (2016-04-02 02:18:10)
tj1182 avatarGood! Here's hoping to her winning.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2016-04-02 14:20:21)
SirSeedsAlot avatarNo way to prove losses occurred because that never happened. Jennifer is getting free advertisement and should stop being so nasty. Instead of asking to remove the images she should insist her name be embedded on them. Certainly she owns the rights but saying she should be paid is crazy lawyer talk.

posted by (2016-04-03 07:33:24)
Turbowater avatarFrom what she wants posting the sample image in the news post is a violation. That's never going to happen and it's not enforceable. It does raise the problem with current copy right laws though.

posted by ET loverSuperman (2016-04-06 12:11:30)
tonymengela avatarIf she believes this is original work that she is the only one,,, thats asinine.. This whole copyright business is garbage from the beginning.. Thats like me copyrighting the first word I ever spoke.. seriously everything we see speak and see has been done before in some way or another.

posted by (2016-04-06 14:06:31)
highlandgypsy avatarI'm a graphic artist, my photos are shared all over the net for free, but they are tagged, tastefully watermarked and have all the embedded data possible. In the end it generates business for me .... so I view these images more as an investment than something someone is ripping off. I learned long ago that if you post it someones going to take it ...so when I have a serious art piece that will generate income, it never goes out full resolution and unmarked

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