Kendall Jenner sued for copyright infringement for posting a video of HERSELF on Instagram
Kendall Jenner recently posted a video of herself on Instagram but was faced with a lawsuit for using the clip without permission
Kendall Jenner's Instagram has a fan following of 126 million and it does not come as a surprise that the 'Keeping Up With The Kardashian' star would want to post a stunning image or video to catch the attention of her followers. Recently, she took to her social media to post a video of herself walking out of a building and sticking a smile for the paparazzi to take pictures.
While the video was loved by her fans, Jenner has now a copyright infringement filed against her due to the same. New York resident Angela Ma filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, April 2, in a California district court suing Jenner and her company Kendall Jenner, Inc for copyright infringement.
“This is an action for copyright infringement under Section 501 of the Copyright Act,” the complaint states.
It continues, "This action arises out of Defendants’ unauthorized publication and public display of a copyrighted video (the ‘Video’) of defendant Kendall Jenner. The Video and the copyright in the Video are owned and registered by the Plaintiff.”
Ma, who is the copyright holder, has registered the video with the Copyright Office. Since the video is copyright protected, Ma stated that the video was used without her permission. The complaint further reads, “Defendants infringed Plaintiff’s copyright in the Video by reproducing and publicly displaying the Video on the Website. Defendants were not, and have never been, licensed or otherwise authorized to reproduce, publicly display, distribute and/or use the Video."
While one might assume that it was a mistake on Jenner's part, Ma refused to believe so. The lawsuit also claimed that Jenner's move to upload it on her social media was “willful, intentional, and purposeful”. Now, Ma hopes to get compensated for the loss she has incurred.
Ma wants Jenner to hand her all the profits that she might have earned from the video. She further wrote that she is entitled to statutory damages of up to $150,000. To add to this, Ma also wants to be compensated for attorneys’ fees and full costs.
Apart from this, her lawyers have asked Jenner to remove the video from her social media platform. While Ma hopes to go to trial with regard to the incident, the possibility of that taking place seems dim. It is quite possible that the settlement will take place outside the court.