A public school in Maryland has filed a lawsuit against the owners of social media giants like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube. The 200-page lawsuit blames them for a growing mental health crisis and an increase in cyberbullying, as well as for intentionally targeting children with addictive platforms.
Getty Images sues Stable Diffusion makers over “copyright violations”
Stock photo platform Getty Images has sued Stability AI, the maker of AI image generator Stable Diffusion. Getty alleges that the tech company unlawfully scraped millions of copyrighted images that Getty owns or represents. As they reportedly never asked for permission to do so, Getty claims that Stability AI benefited commercially, while harming the artists whose work it used to train its AI.
Photo agency sues Twitter for $228.9 million over copyright infringement
Celebrity photo agency Backgrid has sued Twitter over copyright infringement after users uploaded thousands of its photos on the social media platform. Twitter reportedly received DMCA takedown notices, but failed to take action, and it also reportedly failed to sanction “repeat infringers.” Because of this, if Backgrid wins, Twitter will have to pay a whopping $228.9 million!
Seattle schools sue TikTok, Meta, Snapchat, and YouTube over students’ mental health and behavioral issues
TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube; and their parent companies are facing yet another lawsuit over mental health issues in children. This time, it comes from Seattle’s public school district, claiming that apps have had a major role in the “youth mental health crisis.”
The district accuses social media platforms of causing a variety of mental health and behavioral issues in children and being “exploitive and manipulative.” According to the lawsuit, all these platforms are deliberately manipulating and exploiting users, targeting particularly the youngest ones among them.
Artist sues Cardi B and her photographer for copying his Marge Simpson illustration
Rapper Cardi B recently got herself in legal trouble that broke the internet. On Halloween, she published photos of herself dressed like Marge Simpson in an iconic Thierry Mugler dress. But as it turned out, the photo was inspired by work from another artist. And no, it’s not (just) Matt Groening.
The artist is now filing a lawsuit against both Cardi B and her photographer, and the whole case has reached the level of ridiculousness when it just becomes amazing.
Photographer sues reality TV star after she fails to pay $1K for his photos
NeNe Leakes, former star of Real Housewives of Atlanta, was recently sued over photos she reportedly never paid for. The owner of Photography By Ace, LLC worked with NeNe and took photos for her business. The star allegedly failed to pay a total of $1,000, and the photographer eventually decided to sue.
Hurry up and claim your share of Google’s $100 million privacy settlement before 24 September
Earlier this year, the state of Illinois filed a class action lawsuit against Google over Google Photos’ privacy concerns. The company settled, and it was to pay a total of $100 million to anyone who used the app. And if you lived in Illinois between 2015 and 2022, hurry up: you only have a few days left to apply for your cut of the payout.
LA Lakers player sued by photographer for removing photo credit
Basketball player Kendrick Nunn has been sued for copyright infringement after allegedly cropping out the photo credit and posting an image to his Instagram without the photographer’s permission.
Sports photographer Steven Mitchell filed the lawsuit with Florida District Court. Mitchell, alleges that Nunn deliberately removed his attribution and credit that accompanied the original image which was taken in 2019 when Nunn played for the Miami Heat. Mitchell licensed his sports photographs primarily through Imagn Content Services, a division of the USA Today Media Network.
Chi Modu estate sues Universal Music Group for using a 2Pac photo without permission
Chi Modu captured some of the most iconic photos of the 1990s hip-hop stars. The late photographer’s estate recently got in another legal battle, this time against Universal Music Group (UMG).
UMG allegedly used one of Modu’s iconic images of Tupac Shakur in a 2019 blog post. The estate claims that the copyright info was removed and they’re now suing UMG for copyright infringement.
Singer Dua Lipa sued for sharing a paparazzi photo on her Instagram… Again
After so many cases of celebrities being sued for sharing photos without permission, you’d think at least some of them would learn a lesson. But I guess that’s not the case. After already ending up in court for sharing a photo of herself, singer Dua Lipa has done it again.
The British singer shared a photo on Instagram without licensing it or asking the photographer for permission. In return, the photographer filed a copyright infringement lawsuit. And while this is not the first time for Dua Lipa, this photographer also fought legal battles over the same issue before.
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