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Ariana Grande Sued by Photographer for Sharing His Photos on Instagram Without Permission

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Ariana Grande seems to appear on this blog a lot, but usually she’s dictating the terms of photo use or suing someone for taking her pictures without permission.

But today’s story is about an photographer suing Ariana Grande for taking two of his photos and sharing on Instagram them without his permission.

Image via Wendy Wei from

How the tides have turned, eh?

NY Daily News is breaking the story of the lawsuit filed by photographer Robert Barbera, based in New York City, against the pop singer for using a picture that “Barbera is the author of the photographs and has at all times been the sole owner of all right, title and interest in and to the photographs, including the copyright thereto” per the filing.

A picture Ariana used to promote her new album “Sweetener” featured her holding a bag with the words “Sweetener” on it.

In terms of damages, Barbera is asking for $USD 25,000 for each infringement plus any profits received from the use of the photos.

That’s not exorbitant but it is no small change either. Who knows whether it will go to court or not but such a small amount might mean a settlement is in the near future. Then again, it could go the opposite way.

After all, Ariana Grande is not kidding around when it comes to photos with her in them.

If you’ll recall we reported back in March that Ariana Grande wanted to own all the rights to all photos taken at her concerts. She’s not the only musician to attempt this, but she is one of the more popular.

As usual, we'd love to know your thoughts on this story so don't hesitate to leave them in the comments below. 

[NY Daily News]
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