Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian was sued on April 25 by Xposure Photos, a photo agency, for allegedly posting a picture of herself on Instagram on Sept. 14, 2016.
The paparazzi photo in question was of Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian walking into a Miami restaurant, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
The picture was shot by Manual Munoz, and licensed by Xposure Photos to the Daily Mail.
The picture appears to be taken in public, so Munoz likely did not need permission to snap it (no invasion of privacy). Portions of copyrighted pictures/images/video can be used by news organizations and/or for commentary purposes under the Fair Use law, but that may not help Khloe.
Xposure Photos' lawsuit asserts that Khloe and 10 anonymous John Does (likely her social media team) copied the picture, removed the copyright information, put Khloe down as the copyright owner and posted the picture on Instagram.
Xposure Photos is suing for an injunction against Khloe, and for any profits she made from posting the picture and damages.
Xposure Photos was very likely paid a licensing fee by the Daily Mail, but insists that it lost money because of Khloe's actions, notes US Weekly: "Kardashian's Instagram post made the photograph immediately available to her nearly 67 million followers and others, consumers of entertainment news -- and especially news and images of Kardashian herself, as evidenced by their status as followers of Kardashian -- who would otherwise be interested in viewing licensed versions of the photograph in the magazines and newspapers that are plaintiff’s customers."
According to Us Weekly, Khloe can make up to $250,000 for plugging a product on social media.
Khloe's representative would not comment on the lawsuit.
In more Kardashian news, Khloe's stepmother, Caitlyn Jenner, was asked by CNN host Don Lemon on April 25: "Do you think it was a mistake to vote for Donald Trump?"
Though disappointed with some Trump policies, Jenner wasn't ready to go there:
No, not yet, right now. As far as LGBT issues, yes, he's made some mistakes, OK? But other things I see, we need to turn this country around and he is a guy, for better or worse, I don't support him in everything that he does, but we needed to shake the system up. To have career politicians constantly, the Clintons and the Bushes, run this country, we need to get outside that box and shake things up again.
Jenner said that Trump has stood up for the LGBT community in the past, but stated that Trump's recent actions against Title IX protections for transgender people were wrong.
Jenner said that she would like to question Trump about it on the golf course, but opined that if she was ever publicly seen with him, her "community would go nuts," adding that she "would be ostracized from the community."
Jenner said that any meeting with Trump would have to be in private.