Photographer, Catherine McGann is suing popular American singer, Bruno Mars, after he shared a childhood photo of himself on social media.
Twenty-eight years after the picture was taken, Mars who couldn’t wait for Thursday for a throwback shared the picture on his instagram, facebook and twitter accounts for a ‘Way back Wednesday’ themed post.
The photo in question got a huge number of likes; Retweets and shares, on instagram; the picture racked about 1.2 million likes.
McGann is suing Bruno Mars alongside his record label, Warner music, in a copyright infringement lawsuit and is asking for damages as well as profit that the picture might have generated.
In the same photography lawsuit, Xposure photos a U.K. based photo agency, has also accused Khloe Kardashian of copyright infringement, according to documents filed in a California court, the photo in dispute is a photograph of the Kardashian sisters arriving at a restaurant in Miami captured by Manuel Munoz who was licensed by the agency to take pictures for The Daily Mail. Khloe posted the picture on her instagram page without including the copyright watermark and giving the photographer due credit.
Also, another Photographer, Peter Cepeda for same claims, also sued Victoria Secret Model, Gigi Hadid earlier in the year. Cepeda claims, Hadid violated the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), which is a United States copyright law by not including the copyright watermark.
The main legal issue arising in these lawsuits is, if the photographers have rights to any infringement claim on this picture, in Nigeria by virtue of Section 10 of the Copyright Act, the person who takes the picture owns the picture, however, depending on the terms reached between both parties, if the picture was paid for the right is reversed to the person who paid for the picture, more so before the picture is published or republished the person must take permission from the photographer by virtue of section 6 of the Copyright Act of Nigeria.