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Sofia Richie is the latest A-list celebrity to be sued for posting photos of herself on social media. Richie, 19, is being sued by BACKGRID USA, a celebrity photo agency based in California.

The agency filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the teenager for allegedly using seven of their pictures on her Instagram.com page.

According to documents obtained by TMZ.com, the agency is accusing Sofia, who is currently dating reality star Scott Disick, for unauthorized use of their pictures without paying or crediting them.

Sofia Richie and her boyfriend Scott Disick hold hands in Italy

According to WENN.com, BACKGRID claims they sent a cease and desist letter to Sofia’s lawyer last October, but they received no reply.

After eventually managing to get in touch with Sofia’s legal representatives, four of the pictures were taken down, but three remain on her Instagram account.

The agency is seeking damages and lost profits of just over $1 million.

BACKGRID also sued Khloe Kardashian, Blac Chyna, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner for copyright infringement in 2017.

Popular Instagram bloggers who post celebrity photos online are also being put on notice by BACKGRID, Getty Images, and other photo services.

Expect a plethora of lawsuits against social media users, as photo agencies expand their copyright litigation business models to include lawsuits against non-celebrity IG users.

If you have celebrity photos on your social media accounts, remove them now.

Photos by BACKGRID, Splash News



  • Bossy704

    But it is a picture of her!!! I paid for my pics with celebrities I’ll be damned if I take them down.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I was sued twice for copyright infringement in 2014. I fought them until 2016. It cost me and them tons of money. They won’t sue me again because it’s not worth it. They would rather go after “low hanging fruit” like you, because you don’t understand the law.

  • my view

    I can’t even go in the post downstairs..it’s just sad

  • hotntot95

    THIS is bass ackwards…kinda shat is this.?….it’s her image..smh

  • hotntot95

    Me neither. I passed right by it..

  • Tennessean

    why not post a picture you took of yourself versus taking the credit for someone else’s work? oh, we are in America. This happens. LOL @ “low hanging fruit”

  • hotntot95

    We understand perfectly fine. It’s just bout dumb as helll…that’s all.

  • imright

    thats crazy, being sued over posting pictures of URSELF

  • Breitbart_Savior

    I’ve always wondered why the children of black celebrities never choose to become lawyers or doctors or architects or scientists or pharmacists or engineers …….

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ???? whew

  • Darkandlovely617?

    Um, I missed it… 10?!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Wow, really?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You got tons of money in the bank, Auntie?
    Will you write me into your will?
    Ha,ha,ha!!

  • pure_rachet

    She’s very strong in the face…

  • shay2shaymd

    I guess it’s only for the regular black children.

  • pure_rachet

    Right??

  • Noirluv45

    I used to visit explore.org that had webcams posted in locations all over the world. You could, from your computer, take a snapshot, but they were not for commercial use. I was baffled thinking, “It’s a webcam and I’m taking pictures of Hawaiian beaches, why can’t I use them?” It was their webcam so copyright laws applied. It’s a slippery slope.

  • guest

    She’s a pretty girl….she has Lionel Ritchie original nose.

  • Dennis Byron

    If you take a photo, it is your legal right to protect your artistic creation. Trust me, I’ve made thousands going after those infringers. :-)

  • Panther Charleston

    Up vote x 1000

  • Blaque Mahogany

    How old is Scott?

  • Dahl

    Sooo can she sue Backwad for using her image, or was she compensated?

  • Coco_Butter

    She’s so d@mn plain looking. She’s living off daddy’s name alone nothing special about her at ALL.

  • teather

    34

  • teather

    I disagree. I think she’s a pretty girl, with a different kind of look and edge. She has a lot of growing up to do. She has no idea what she doesn’t know. Remember 19?!! (I’ll give you a moment . . . . .. ) mmmmm k

  • Blue

    Price of fame.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Bannon is the coffee boy now ???? oh and I got beat down Diane has a beautiful daughter. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be9b8c6c8ba11f5ff13338bc8b13dffafa384724b78f1cae886be85aa088511f.jpg

  • Yoni7

    She’s so d@mn plain looking.
    ______________

    THIS! I surely would overlook her if she was applying for something.

  • Yoni7

    Because I KEEP looking at that mandible. LOL

  • MookieFly

    So you can take a pic of someone, without their consent, and claim artistic domain over said pic?

  • hotntot95

    That’s fine..I get the legality of it. It’s still a retarded way of thinking and making money off nothing..so American… Paps get rich off these celebs going to the store and driving around town…But Gawd forbid if they decide to use their own likeness on their social media accounts…SMH..

  • Breitbart_Savior

    Trump is now beefing with Steve Bannon.

    This can’t be life!!!!!!!

  • Breitbart_Savior

    The Trump Saga is like Love and Hip Hop for intellectuals!

  • Ebony Starr

    Another way to get rich from taking pictures of celebrities !

  • Applebootay

    Expect a plethora of lawsuits against social media users,

    IDGAFLYINGF

  • Malai

    DO they?

  • TheOwley

    When I read about copyright rules, my IQ drops several points. It’s hard to decipher and online commenters murky thing up. If it is her image but she did not grant the photographer rights to use it (via contractual agreement) so why can’t she use her own image but the photographer can. You say remove celebs from IG, fine, since they did not grant me the rights to use their pics nor did the person that took it.

  • You Could Never

    At least Kourt ain’t beat her yet like Brenda did her mama

  • You Could Never

    Brenda Richie, wife of Lionel Richie, was booked on a variety of charges after she allegedly broke into a Beverly Hills apartment about 2:30 a.m. yesterday and got into a fight with her husband and a woman. Police said they were called to Diane Alexander’s digs by neighbors who heard a woman scream. ”Our officers arrived . . . (and) observed suspect Brenda Richie striking and kicking (Alexander) on the floor of the apartment,” said a police spokesman. “A second victim, entertainer Lionel Richie, later phoned and stated that he had been kicked in the stomach area by Mrs. Richie (at the apartment).” He added that Alexander, 22, complained of head and side pain but said he didn’t know whether she received medical attention. A police report said the apartment was strewn with broken furniture. Brenda Richie, 35, was released on $5,000 bail on charges including suspicion of corporal injury to a spouse, resisting arrest, trespassing, vandalism, battery and disturbing the peace. Lionel Richie’s publicist had no immediate comment.

  • Lady_Elle

    This young lady does not feel good about herself!
    She is wealthy, pretty, not very bright.
    This guy is an old drunk.
    Her classmates are likely not surprised!
    I wonder if her parents just turn their heads?

  • Lady_Elle

    I remember when this happened!

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Married at 19 and divorced at 22…..oh and let’s not discuss the stupidity (yet fun) stuff I did in between….

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I moonwalked right past it. No thank ya

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The person who took the photo retains all rights to the photo. For example, if you took a photo with your cell phone, you own the rights to that photo. Just because Sofia is in the picture does not mean she owns the rights to the image. The rights belongs to the photographer who took the photo. She can’t post it on her social media without the photographer’s permission.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Photographers are making a killing going after people posting their celebrity pictures on social media. It’s no different than the RIAA suing thousands of people for downloading MP3s in the ’90s.

  • alex

    I am black, am in one of those professions, and I get paid crap.
    Maybe that’s why.

  • alex

    At 19, I was in school. Looking back, that might have been pretty dumb, lol.

  • TheOwley

    OK, so she has zero rights. I can live with that but still feels like 50% for clarity. How about when that photo is used for commercial purposes by the photographer who owns it. Say he sells or loans it to an ad company that uses it for xyz product line, or puts it on his website from which he is profiting.

  • Kanyade

    LOL

  • Ni Ni

    Is the blog sick bawse?

  • pure_rachet

    You’re FIRED!!

  • Yoni7

    Can you give me a good reference?

  • Coy little wink

    * crickets

  • ???TheRider???

    A bit too much of his features.

  • Yoni7

    I thought I was kicked out again. LOL

  • Sydney Deems

    How sad that people can copyright photos of you and make you pay for them. It’s not like there had a photo session with a magazine and then used those photos. This is crazy!!!

  • pure_rachet

    New post! Just kidding.

  • pure_rachet

    YOU ARE!!!!

  • Yoni7

    Not so fast. LOL

  • pure_rachet

    Yes your letter of recommendation is on its way.

  • Yardgirl

    Yes ma’am. This happened recently with a woman who took a photo of the royals, Harry, William and their significant other (they have now dubbed them the fab 4) It was taken with an iPhone and was flawless. Media outlets jumped on it to use and she is now cashing in big time.

  • Vegas1989

    That’s how it goes. I remember when I was modeling for my father photography company, other company’s tried to use his work but they couldn’t unless they paid for it. It’s crazy….Even if the pictures were mind and another photographer wanted to use it, they had to seek my father permission. I don’t miss modeling…it’s a lot of work.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    The shakedown is real. Thing is if I post a celeb pic, they may waste the time to tell me to remove it. But since I only have 500- followers, they probably won’t. A celeb or someone with a strong follower base is a better target. That’s what this is; they’re trolling celeb pages to see who’s using their pics to file suit. Imagine being followed by paps and they’ve now turn the tables (photog houses) on celebs.

    Yeah we snap pics of you, but these are OUR pics of YOU. Head scratch.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Yes, they turn their heads because Scott’s well to do. He was already a trust fund kid. His parents died within a month of each other and he’s the only child (I think), so you can imagine who inherited everything.

    They know and make an exception because of his affluence. Now if he were broke and all those wonderful characteristics you listed, this wouldn’t be a thing at all.

  • Ni Ni

    lol

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    LOL awh the memories. And kicked daddy square in his balls after she whooped the mistress’ ass.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    According to B_S they do.
    I have never really thought about it.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But she’s a public figure so…….

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Times are truly complicated when you can’t post a picture of your-damn-self. That’s what happens when you sell yourself for money ladies ?????

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Slooow day today LOL.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Tis true.

    I tell my students all the time “You have no clue what 20 is like because 17 (or what ever age LOL) is the oldest you’ve been!” ????? Usually tell them this in regards to the decisions they’re making.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Old as black pepper

  • morenYAHdelsur

    ? mandible

  • dontgetblocked

    A-List celebrity? Why you do her like that Auntie?

  • hotntot95

    I don’t care if she’s princess Diana resurrected. ..it’s an image of herrr…the law makes it illegal to “steal” pics of their likenesses to post on their social media pages…I just hear how dumb this sounds and I’m calling it out…paps get rich off these celebs going to the store and the gym…it’s a wack az way to make a living..

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    She’s considered A-list. Remember there are two A-lists; one for us and one for them.

  • lovelygamour

    I am waiting for a celeb to fight back. in the tabloid days CAA clients would be the ones to sue. now with all these half baked celebs and real celebs not being on Instagram I wonder who will have the means to fight. cause the case can be made that the photo agency is unjustly enriching themselves from the celeb.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Celebrities are public figures. Their pictures can be taken if they are out in public. Some of them cover their faces in public now. Others hire their own photographers to follow them around, like Puffy and T.I. do.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I assume it’s considered a work of art and the paps own it because they consider it work.

  • lovelygamour

    in the old days it was quid pro quo. now these photog agencies aren’t providing a benefit. they don’t work for a newspaper. they are selling these images of people in places where they didn’t expect a photog. you expect for your picture to be taken at the shops of Hollywood. you didn’t expect a photog at the vacation house. I think a case can be made. like when they are on vacation but its really work. well the photog agency has taking pictures when the subject was there to take their own picture. they are interfering, stealing images, and enrichment without compensation. its going to take a real A-lister to make the case. like Jennifer aniston did. Its a slippery slope and I don’t think they should go after the subjects.

  • hotntot95

    Sure..As long as they gettin coins..

  • Ang

    I didn’t know Lionel’s gf was only 22 when that happened. Dang. Lionel left his wife and daughter for someone barely legal. Sofia picked a guy just like her dad.

  • AnastasYah

    I don’t get what you meant by that..

  • GuestSTAR

    I’m loving it, they’re eating their own. I would love to be a fly on the wall when Mueller gets Bannon in that interview room tho.

  • the guest

    Sardonic wit. Mocking that Sofia Richie really is not A-list but treated as A-list by the paps.

    Sofia looks just like her father, jawline and nose. She’s in a hurry to grow up judging by her style and lifestyle.

    Paps can take photos of celebs and sell and post them without stars permission. But celebs can’t flip the script and post paps photos of themselves?

  • the guest

    Exactly.

  • Gone Too Far

    A list celebrity? You must think Blac Chyna is A list too

  • suganspice68

    Me too! Brenda wasn’t playing!

  • Gone Too Far

    They live off their parents name. That’s it. Tracee Ellis Ross is the only one I know whom has branched off her mothers legacy and pursued something of her own without having to just enjoy the lifetime luxury of being Diana Ross’ daughter like these other kids. Notice how majority of them graduate high school and don’t bother to pursue higher education? And enter fields other than entertainment? None of the kardashians have a degree except Rob, as for Lil Wayne’s daughter I’m surprised she continued, same with Diddy’s oldest biological son (not Quincy because he’s not blood related)

  • Gone Too Far

    She has a point though. Why are you surprised?

  • Yoni7

    “They call her JAWBONE!” ~Bernie Mack (RIP)

  • Yoni7

    Let me read it first. LOL

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    My point was why did it have to be race-based?
    How many children of white celebrities become white collar professionals?
    Very few have regular jobs.

  • sunni_daze

    A million dollars lost!? I aint buying that, she’s not that famous. She know Mariah.

  • Sydney Deems

    I understand if it was a photo session, then yes the photographer ‘owns’ said photo, but the paparazzi are crazy. Wow!!