In February 2020, actress and singer Hilary Duff publicly called out on photographer Darryl Wilkins calling him “a creep.” Now the photographer is reportedly suing her for defamation, along with talk show host Wendy Williams who sided with Duff on her talk show.
When you’re out in public, you can’t expect much privacy (in spite of “Karens” like this and this who would disagree). However, this might change soon, at least under some circumstances. Tennessee lawmakers and the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office have proposed a bill that would make “embarrassing” and “offensive” nonconsensual photos illegal and punishable by law.
As we all know by now, Instagram is a part of Facebook and it has been like this since 2012. But the historic acquisition could face antitrust charges. According to some reports, Federal and state investigators are about to sue Facebook because its acquisition of Instagram was an attempt to protect itself from the competition.
Facebook recently filed lawsuits against developers who were abusing their platform, including both Facebook and Instagram. One of them was selling fake likes, comments, views, and followers. But the other is way more dangerous, as it collected users’ personal information from Facebook.
Earlier this year, Volvo was sued by a photographer whose photos they used, but also by the model who was in them. In its attempt to get the court to throw out the case, Volvo has caused fierce reactions from the public. They claim that, as long as Instagram photos are public, they’re free to use them and share them.
This is an interesting one. It’s not uncommon these days for companies to feel they can just take that which does not belong to them and then use it for their own commercial gain, particularly when it comes to appropriating images. But after one photographer claims car manufacturer, Volvo stole his images, he’s fighting back, as is the model shown in them.
Photographer Jack Schroeder worked with model Britni Sumida on a photo shoot in April 2019 which happened to include a Volvo S60. After posting the images to Instagram, it caught the attention of Volvo who asked if they could use them. Schroeder says he presented them with his terms and a request for compensation. He says it went ignored, but that Volvo used the images anyway.