Jessica Simpson has unwittingly found herself in hot water after posting something on Instagram that it seems she shouldn’t have posted. It may seem like a bit of an odd situation because the photo Simpson posted was one of herself. The only problem was that she didn’t take it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simpson posted a photo used by the Daily Mail that was originally taken by a photographer from Splash News and Picture Agency. Now, it appears Splash News wants to pursue legal recourse because they claim Simpson never obtained permission to use the photo. It should be noted, though, that Splash did grant the Daily Mail a limited license to publish the photo in August 2017.
Attorney Peter Perkowski, presumably working on behalf of Splash News, wrote in the complaint filed to a California federal court on Tuesday, Jan. 23 that “Simpson or someone acting on her behalf copied the Photograph and distributed it on Instagram — within hours of its original publication on August 9, 2017. The copy of the Photograph that Simpson distributed on Instagram had been altered, without authorization or approval, to remove the CMI showing plaintiff as the copyright owner of the image.”
Perkowski additionally writes in the claim that Simpson posting the photo of her own accord on her Instagram has hurt the potential profitability of the photo and the ability for Splash News to further distribute the photo to other outlets.
“Simpson’s Instagram post and Twitter tweet made the Photograph immediately available to her nearly 11.5 million followers and others, consumers of entertainment news — and especially news and images of Simpson herself, as evidenced by their status as followers of her — who would otherwise be interested in viewing licensed versions of the Photograph in the magazines and newspapers that are plaintiff’s customers.”
Simpson hasn’t released an official statement about the lawsuit at the time of reporting. Lawsuits like these are becoming increasingly common these days. Recent cases of a similar nature to Simpson’s include Khloé Kardashian and Sofia Richie, who have faced similar legal issues after posting paparazzi photos to their personal social media accounts.