Photographer Sues Emily Ratajkowski For Posting His Photo On Instagram

Emily Ratajkowski

Model and actor Emily Ratajkowski has been accused of posting an image of herself on Instagram without the photographer’s permission, according to a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Ratajkowski, who operates the Instagram account @emrata, posted two photos in 2019 of herself coming out of a building in New York City wearing a fuchsia pantsuit.

Photographer Edward Opinalodo claims that his photographs were not allowed to be used on the now-deleted post. This is according to the seven-page complaint ..

The images in question were picked up by the Mail Online and other celebrity websites.

Emily Ratajkowski

“Each Infringement is an exact copy of the entirety of Opinaldo’s original image that was directly copied and stored by Ratajkowski on the Instagram account,” the photographer says.

“The photographs were willfully and volitionally posted to the account by Ratajkowski.”

Opinaldo says the model has financially benefited from posting his photos because they increased traffic to her account, which in turn increased her brand recognition and promotion of her business ventures, reports Law 360.

In court papers at Manhattan Federal Court, the photographer claims that Ratajkowski would use the photos in a way that is harmful to his market.

Opinaldo seeks actual damages, disgorgement and any profits Ratajkowski earned as a result. Also, an order for the model to stop infringing Opinaldo photos and attorney fees.

If she were a host on SNL, Emily Ratajkowski would be well on her way to earning a Five-Timers Club jacket. For posting an Instagram photo, Ratajkowski was sued by Copyright Infringement for the third time. This one is from a since-deleted post nearly 3 years ago.
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— Aaron Moss (@copyrightlately) June 14, 2022

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“Photographers have access to celebrities, and celebs in turn would be able to share the photos via their social media. What am I missing?”

Ratajkowski’s Legal Woes With Paparazzi

This isn’t the first time Rajakowski has been sued for posting a paparazzo’s image of herself. Photographer Robert O’Neil sued the model in October 2019, alleging she stole his photo of her walking down a New York City street with a bouquet of flowers.

Ratajkowski claimed that O’Neil filed the lawsuit against her in October 840, alleging she stole his photo of her walking down a New York City street with a bouquet of flowers. Richard Liebowitz was O’Neil’s attorney at the time and had been a well-known “copyright troll”.

The parties did eventually reach a settlement.

A host of celebrities have been on the receiving end of various photographers’ copyright lawsuits over the use of images of themselves, including an April 2017 complaint against reality television personality Khloe Kardashian and an October 2019 suit against singer Justin Bieber. Both of those suits have since been settled.


Image credits: All photos licensed via Depositphotos.

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