Julie Dermansky, a New Orleans-based photojournalist, is suing Trump Organization for using her photo without permission. They used the photo on their website, as well as on the president’s Instagram page, where it gained almost 28,000 likes. Apparently, they didn’t either request the photographer’s permission or gave her credits. So, she is seeking $150,000 damages and a court trial, claiming that Trump Org. illegally profited off her work.
The Trump Org. didn’t license Dermansky’s work or have her permission to publish the photo on their pages. Therefore, she accuses them of “willfully, intentionally and purposefully disregarding her rights.” She requests all profits the company has made using her photo, as well as an injunction ordering that the organization stops using her image. Since she filed the claim, the photo was removed from the president’s Instagram page.
Perhaps you remember that the same photo gained a lot of attention last year. Or better to say, the photoshopped version of it. Someone altered the image to say “white” instead of “great,” causing a lot of reactions and making the photo go viral. However, Snopes soon found the original and proved the photo to be fake. Now the original version is under the spotlight, and we still have to see how this lawsuit will end.