Celebrities face a unique dilemma when it comes to the paparazzi. While photographers don’t require permission to take photos of stars out in public, the celebs being photographed require the paparazzo’s permission if they use one of those photos on social media due to current copyright regulations.
That’s what Gigi Hadid is learning, revealing in a lengthy Instagram post that she’s being sued by a photographer for posting a photo on social media that he took of her.
“Yesterday I heard from my management that I am being ‘legally pursued for my last (now deleted) Instagram post. The photo is by a Paparazzi & is of me on the street outside an event last week,” writes the 23-year-old model.
“These people make money off us everyday, LEGALLY stalking us day in and day out,” she continues. “All this to say that it is not spoken about enough the mental/emotional toll that this kind of press has on people, days I (& countless others) have stayed inside because I just don’t want my photo taken.”
While the paparazzo may be standing on firm legal ground, Hadid admits she’s still trying to wrap her heard around the absurdity of being sued over a picture of herself.
“For someone to take a situation where I was trying to be open, and sue me for a photo I FOUND ON TWITTER (with no photographers name on the image), for a photo he has already been paid for by whatever outlet put it online (!!!), is absurd…if the person had just commented on my photo I would have been happy to tag and give credit,” she adds.
“To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job,” she concludes. “But there is a line. We are human beings, and sometimes it a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences.”
You can read Hadid’s post in its entirety below: