A Connecticut woman has filed a lawsuit against Snap and Meta, Facebook and Instagram parent company. The woman claims that Snapchat and Instagram caused a strong addiction in her 11-year-old daughter that eventually led her to take her own life in July 2021.
The word “Nevermind” has been stuck in the planet’s collective consciousness ever since Nirvana released their album of that title in 1991. But now it’s a word (technically two) that the infant subject on its cover, Spencer Elden, now 30, is going to be saying even more now when people ask him “So, how’d that lawsuit go against Nirvana?”.
He sued the band last year, alleging “sexual exploitation” and that the cover artwork constituted “child sexual abuse”. The band’s estate responded that Elden had “spent three decades profiting from his celebrity as the self-anointed ‘Nirvana Baby.’”, having recreated the album photograph a number of times, appeared on talk shows, and autographed copies of the album to sell on eBay. The judge seemed to agree with this argument.
A content moderator at TikTok recently filed a lawsuit against the company due to the trauma caused by disturbing graphic videos. and it’s not just the content – according to the lawsuit, moderators are exposed to an enormous amount of it, which seriously affects their mental health.
French magazine L’Officiel, announced the creation of an American edition of their magazine, L’Officiel USA, in 2017. Since that time coverage has included fashion shows from around the world, restaurants and other businesses, profiles of celebrities such as singer Chaka Khan and writer Elizabeth Wurtzel. And to create much of this content, they’ve made use of freelance creators.
Well, now, L’Officiel USA has been sued by the City of New York, on behalf of freelance photographers, writers, producers, illustrators and more who claim they have either not been paid in a timely manner or in some cases, not paid at all.
The cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind album is as iconic as the album itself. But Spencer Elden, the baby in the image, is now a 30-year-old man who realized he’s not happy with his photo on the album cover. So, he decided to sue the band members and other folks related to Nirvana, alleging “child pornography.”
A group of independent researchers at AlgorithmWatch recently had to shut down an Instagram research after a backlash from Facebook. The group had been studying Instagram’s algorithm and how it works. However, they claim that Facebook threatened with a lawsuit, so they were forced to bring the research to a halt.
A couple from Canada recently sued a photographer who failed to deliver the photos of their 2015 wedding. The court found the photographer guilty, but also engaged in “deceitful behavior” and “unsavory business practices.” As a result, the court ordered him to pay $22,000 to the couple.
A woman from Russia has filed the most ridiculous lawsuit I’ve heard of this year. She sued McDonald’s over a photo ad of a burger, claiming that it was so tempting that it made her break the fast during Lent.
Renowned nature photographer Paul Nicklen has won a copyright lawsuit against the Sinclair Broadcast Group. He posted a video on his Instagram, which Sinclair embedded on its website along with a screenshot without asking for permission first. Nicklen sued and won the case that could have implications for all photographers and videographers.