Miley Cyrus is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit for posting a photo of herself on her Instagram when she allegedly did not have the rights to use it.
Photographer Robert Barbera, who took the image, sued Cyrus on Friday (September 9) in California federal court over her use of the photo. He alleged that the image she posted on her Instagram in February 2021 was taken without his permission.
Bloomberg Law Barbera’s suitors reportedly allege that Cyrus benefited financially from her offensive post, which drove traffic to her account and increased revenue generated from the sale of her music.
Barbera says that Cyrus’ “unauthorized use has eclipsed, if not destroyed, the possibility of any Photographic market.”
The photographer seeks a jury trial, as well as compensation for damages.
Meanwhile, earlier this year Barbera has sued Dua Lipa for the second time for sharing one of her paparazzi photos on Instagram.
Barbera is apparently seeking damages for any profits Lipa may have made from the Instagram photo, in which she advertises her music, brand and business interests.
He also claims that he tried to settle the matter with Lipa out of court. After the singer received a draft of the complaint, communication “slowed down and finally stopped,” she says. The images in question have also been removed from his account.
The new lawsuit is the second Lipa has faced in a year for sharing paparazzi photos of herself on social media. In July 2021, Integral Images sued her for copyright infringement. The lawsuit was finally dismissed with prejudice in October.
Barbera has also filed similar lawsuits against other pop stars, including Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, in the past.
He tried to sue Grande twice – in May 2019 and in January 2020 – over claims she had shared paparazzi photos on Instagram. Both cases were dismissed.
The lawsuit against Bieber was reportedly settled out of court.