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Infringement Suit against Italian Design House Versace

Infringement Suit against Italian Design House Versace

Robert Barbera, a photojournalist from New York, filed a case of copyright infringement against the very famous Italian brand Versace. The plaintiff alleged that the Defendants used 2 pictures clicked by him of celebrity Jennifer Lopez and put it across their Instagram handle without the permission of the plaintiff.

On Monday, Barbera filed a complaint related to the copyright infringement before the New York Federal Court. The complaint stated that the defendant had violated his copyright over the photos in the issue. The matter is about two photos of Jennifer Lopez, which was shot by Robert Barbera. According to him Versace also allegedly removed the name and watermark of the photographer.

This is a case of copyright infringement. Anyone who violates the exclusive rights of the owner, or who imports the copies or phone records is an infringer of copyright. Section 501 to 513 of the U.S. Copyright law says about infringement.

The case is filed on 22nd April 2019. Barbera claims that he owns the authority of copyright on two photos of Jennifer Lopez, which is infringed or violated. One of the photos is signature print mix leggings and silk shirt look with Barocco accent at Video Music Award and another one is belly button silk chiffon green dress at Grammy Award. The plaintiff alleges that Versace used these photos in their Instagram account without his permission. Moreover, the photographs of the signature print received 1,35,994 likes. Barbera also claimed that Versace has intentionally removed the name or copyright management of the photos.

Therefore he prayed before the court to award him a monetary sum of the damages he is sustaining and the profits, privileges Versace received from the publicity through the photos. Barbera expressed another option for a sum of at least 2,500 up to 25,000 dollars for each violation, which may be greater.

Celebrity, publicity, advertisers, paparazzi are related to each other. Everyone from these fields wants to get a reward for their works. The authority of copyright protects the real artist or author of the work. Similar cases have been filed in Courts. In the Same jurisdiction, Xclusive Lee filed a copyright case against Gigi Hadid for posting her own photo without the permission of the photographer. The case was settled out of court.

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