Photographer sues supermodel Bella Hadid for sharing his photo on Instagram without permission

Mar 13, 2020

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Photographer sues supermodel Bella Hadid for sharing his photo on Instagram without permission

Mar 13, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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It happens every once in a while that a celebrity gets sued for posting photos of themselves to Instagram without permission. And this time, it was supermodel Bella Hadid. The model reportedly shared a photo of herself to Instagram without the photographer’s permission, and he’s slapping her with a lawsuit in return.

According to Page Six, the photo in question shows Hadid wearing a black-and-white-checked Tommy Hilfiger hat. She shared the photo with her 29 million Instagram followers, which led to a copyright infringement lawsuit. The photographer Timur Mishiev is reportedly suing Hadid over this image, claiming that she had no right to post it. However, the sum he is seeking isn’t known at this moment.

Bella’s sister Gigi Hadid was sued over the same mistake. Her legal team went so far to claim that she “contributed” to the photos she posted with her outfit and smile. However, we’ve seen so many times that this is just not how things work. Jennifer Lopez, Rod Stewart, Emily Ratajkowski – these are only some celebrities sued over the same mistake. Kim Kardashian faced the same lawsuit as recently as two months ago.

With so many similar cases, I wonder why celebrities still keep posting photos without buying a license or asking for permission from photographers. One would think it’s easier to learn from others’ mistakes, but maybe that’s just me.

[via FStoppers; lead image credits: LOVE Magazine/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0]

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32 responses to “Photographer sues supermodel Bella Hadid for sharing his photo on Instagram without permission”

  1. Adrian Gordon Avatar
    Adrian Gordon

    Short answer, no.

  2. Cliff Compton Avatar
    Cliff Compton

    GOOD

  3. Robert Hicks Avatar
    Robert Hicks

    It’s always funny how circumstances like this suddenly everyone roots for the millionaire ripping off the small business

    1. Meg Crocker Avatar
      Meg Crocker

      Robert Hicks Its all really is circumstantial to me. Did she pay for this person to take photos? Did she sign a contract? I feel like if someone just takes photos of you without any sort of agreement it’s sorta a free for all on the use.

      1. Anthony Frawley Avatar
        Anthony Frawley

        You idiot, how you feel is irrelevant…

    2. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      Meg Crocker So you know exactly zero about copyright. The photos belong to the photographer the second he touches the button, but hey let’s arbitrarily decide which journalists are permitted to profit.
      She flat out stole his photo to use in a commercial channel as she gets paid to post.

    3. Meg Crocker Avatar
      Meg Crocker

      Robert Hicks all I can day is if someone took a photo of me and tried to profit off of it, I would be pissed off and feel violated.

    4. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      Meg Crocker Well the chance of you being considered newsworthy by a journalist?

    5. Meg Crocker Avatar
      Meg Crocker

      Robert Hicks I’m speaking in general. But like I said, it’s all really circumstantial in my opinion. No matter who it is.

    6. Alan Laighleis Avatar
      Alan Laighleis

      Meg Crocker of they took a photo in a public space then there very little you can do. More importantly if it was an organised shoot a model release would have been signed which outlined the rights of both parties. The photographer still legally owns the image but depending on the contract they license the use on various mediums. Its possible it was licensed for use in a publication or something but not social media.

    7. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      Alan Laighleis The model did not seek any license from the photographer

    8. Alan Laighleis Avatar
      Alan Laighleis

      Robert Hicks I was talking hypothetically

    9. Meg Crocker Avatar
      Meg Crocker

      Alan Laighleis hence why I said it depends on the situation

    10. David Myers Avatar
      David Myers

      Robert Hicks photo of her, she had every right.

    11. Max Kitaev Avatar
      Max Kitaev

      Robert Hicks well, I think he shouldn’t be allowed to post her photo anywhere cause she didn’t sign the model release

  4. Franco Kailsan Avatar
    Franco Kailsan

    Gigi Vs Bella.
    Who is hotter?

  5. Jacob A. Allen Avatar
    Jacob A. Allen

    .

  6. Meng Tian Avatar
    Meng Tian

    Lol the irony of the post is awesome

  7. Juan Camargo Avatar
    Juan Camargo

    As often as this happens…. can celebrities trademark their looks? I mean, for example, this supermodel makes her living on her looks. Is that not able to be trademarked?

    1. Gerard Hughes Avatar
      Gerard Hughes

      Juan Camargo

      Nature can’t be trademarked.

      However, right of publicity and right of privacy laws in various US states mean that typically a photographer needs a model release to use a photo commercially (paparazzi photos count as news and don’t need a release).

    2. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      Juan Camargo And hey look in your world politicians would make sure the news can ever use footage in the really real world it’s the exact opposite as public figures are just that public figures, it comes with the seven figure bank account

  8. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    I’m sure he’s happy she posted it and he can sue her since it’s the only way he could ever make money out of this lousy pic.

    1. Cornavirus Avatar
      Cornavirus

      Dude, read the article. If she was wearing a hat, its not this photo…

  9. Michael Beckerman Avatar
    Michael Beckerman

    Bet she won’t make that mistake again.

  10. Phil Agur Avatar
    Phil Agur

    Unnecessary roughness! Just ask it be taken down or envoke the Digital Millenium Act. ?

    1. Anthony Frawley Avatar
      Anthony Frawley

      Wrong

    2. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      Fuck that she already profited. It’s not like she doesn’t know about copyright since that’s kind of you know what pays her bills

  11. Anthony Frawley Avatar
    Anthony Frawley

    That is a totally valid lawsuit….. did she model for free? Can Tom Hanks send out a movie cause he was in it?

  12. Mark Stevens Avatar
    Mark Stevens

    My Guess is this Photographers business with supermodels will drop sharply after this…..

  13. Lalee Morris Avatar
    Lalee Morris

    There seems to be some confusion. Any photographer knows the law which is who ever owns the medium the image is recorded on owns the image. Any one else must ask permission. The law does not apply to any image that is news worthy meaning relevant to the public.

  14. Max Kitaev Avatar
    Max Kitaev

    we do it every day so celebrities are no different

  15. Max Kitaev Avatar
    Max Kitaev

    i wish photographers couldn’t share pictures of anyone without their permission.